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Banded linsang

Banded linsang[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Prionodontidae
Genus: Prionodon
Species: P. linsang
Binomial name
Prionodon linsang
(Hardwicke, 1821)
Banded linsang range

The banded linsang (Prionodon linsang) is a linsang, a tree-dwelling carnivorous mammal of the Malay peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo, and western Java.

Description

The banded linsang is around 74 cm long including the tail. It is a pale yellow with 5 dark bands. It has broad stripes on its neck and its tail consists of several dark bands with a dark tip. The banded linsang has very sharp retractable claws and razor sharp teeth. It is the rarest of the civets, and is sometimes called the tiger-civet.

Diet

The banded linsang is carnivorous. Its diet consists of squirrels, rats, birds, and lizards.

Reproduction

Very little is known about this linsang's reproduction. It is believed that litters of 2–3 are born semiannually in a nest in burrows or hollow trees.[3]

Habitat

The banded linsang lives in Western Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Western Java, and Thailand. It lives in tropical forests and spends the majority of its time in trees.

References

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  2. ^ Duckworth, J.W. & Azlan, M.J. (2008). Prionodon linsang. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 24 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.
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External links

  • Banded linsang media at ARKive
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