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Species of Thailand

Banded linsang

Prionodon linsang, Thomas Hardwicke, 1821

(In Thai: ชะมดแปลงลายแถบ)

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.

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.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Prionodontidae
Genus
Prionodon
Species
Prionodon linsang

Common names

  • German: Bänderlinsang
  • Spanish: Linsang rayado
  • French: Linsang rayé
  • Italian: Linsango fasciato
  • Dutch: Gestreepte linsang
  • Russian: Полосатый линзанг
  • Swedish: Bandlinsang
  • Thai: ชะมดแปลงลายแถบ

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Photos

Banded linsang

Range Map

Range map of Prionodon linsang in Thailand