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This might be true but this not precise enough. It is difficult to know which species of Mustelidae burrow, and perhaps not all of them burrow. "Carnivore" isn't precise either: most species of bathers are omnivore (though they are included to the order Carnivora).

I think it would be best to list the subfamilies (and the species or at least genera) of badgers as there is no taxon covering this concept.

Melinae: Arctonyx collaris (Hog Badger), Melogale personata (Burmese Ferret Badger), Melogale orientalis (Oriental Ferret Badger), Melogale moschata (Chinese Ferret Badger), Melogale everetti (Everett's Ferret Badger), Meles meles (Eurasian Badger or European Badger; this is the second meaning of badger)

Mellivorinae: Mellivora capensis (Ratel or Honey Badger)

Taxideinae: Taxidea taxus (American Badger)

Formerly Mydaus javanensis (Javan Stink Badger) and (Mydaus marchei (Palawan Stink Badger) were included to this group (as their English name says) but now they have been excluded from the Mustelidae family. So the word badger seems to have two meanings: in one meaning it involves eight species, in the other meaning ten species. Additionaly, badger means Meles meles. Andres 11:00, 16 November 2006 (CET)

In the Dutch Wikipedia, das still involves ten species. Andres 11:06, 16 November 2006 (CET)

Are you sure that the Navajo word involves all these species? Andres 11:06, 16 November 2006 (CET)

Using taxonomical names is dangerous at best; you just picked a good example. There is a plant with over 50 scientifically correctly published names.. Really. A badger is an animal that is similar to the Meles meles and often more precise it is the Meles meles. This is likely a place where we need multiple DM's. GerardM 11:22, 16 November 2006 (CET)
Yes, I think we need three DMs here.
What do you judge to be a good example? Even if there are several correct names we should pick one unambiguous name. To render the name unambiguous the author name or the abbreviation of the author name could be used. Andres 11:33, 16 November 2006 (CET)
it is important to specify how close badgers are supposed to be to Meles meles. The taxonomists have changed their minds once already. Andres 11:35, 16 November 2006 (CET)