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Putorius putorius (syn. Mustela putorius putorius), a member of the Mustelidae family of Carnivora. It has a long body, short legs, short furry tail and beady eyes and is about 2 ft long. Brown in color but some varieties, e.g. the ferret, have their own distinctive color. Can eject a foul smelling material from its anal glands when attacked. Its pelt is called fitch.