What Makes a Mustelid?
The word ”mustelid” or ”weasel” may give associations to something slender, smooth and short-legged. While it’s true for some of the more well-known species, properly describing their essence can be a whole different matter, as this is a diverse family of carnivorans whose members have adapted to a wide range of lifestyles and environments. This drastically affects the way these animals look and behave, so they don’t really have many traits in common as a result.
To make things more complicated, many of their most striking traits are found in several other families within the order Carnivora in response to various types of evolution, like sharing a similar ecological niche or keeping traits from an early ancestor they branched from. That’s not to say they don’t have any unique characteristics that sets them apart!
(More to come)