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Species of Thailand

Spotted linsang

Prionodon pardicolor, Brian Houghton Hodgson, 1842

(In Thai: ชะมดแปลงลายจุด)

The spotted linsang (Prionodon pardicolor) is a linsang found throughout much of Southeast Asia. It is widely, though usually sparsely, recorded, and listed as Least Concern by IUCN.


The spotted linsang resembles the banded linsang in its long, slender body, short limbs, elongated neck and head, and long tail. The ground colour ranges from dusky brown to light buff. Two long stripes extend from behind the ears to the shoulders or beyond, and two shorter stripes run along the neck. Three to four longitudinal rows of spots adorn the back, their size decreasing towards the belly. The fore legs are spotted to the paw, the hind legs to the hock. The cylindrical tail has eight or nine broad dark rings, separated by narrow white rings. The feet have five digits, and the area between the pads is covered with hair. The claws are retractile, claw sheath are present on the fore paws, but the hind-paws have protective lobes of skin.

It weighs about 1 kg and measures in length from 14 - 15 cm, and the tail 12 - 13 cm. Its height is about 5 - 5.5 cm, the girth of its chest 5.75 cm, and length of head to the occiput about 3 cm.

Distribution and habitat

The range of spotted linsangs includes eastern Nepal, Sikkim, Assam and Bengal in India, Bhutan, northeastern Myanmar, northern Thailand, Laos, northern Vietnam, and western Sichuan, Yunnan Guizhou and southwestern Guangxi in southern China. They are uncommon to rare throughout their range.

They are rarely observed in northern Bengal.

Ecology and behaviour

It stalks its prey by crawling on its belly, when it is often mistaken for a python or other heavy-built, perhaps even venomous snakes due to its slender appearance. Its diet consists of insects, rodents, lizards, birds and small mammals.

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Scientific classification

Prionodon pardicolor

Common names

  • German: Fleckenlinsang
  • Spanish: Linsang manchado
  • French: Linsang tacheté
  • Italian: Linsango macchiato
  • Dutch:
    • Gevlekte linsang
    • Aziatische linsang
  • Russian:
    • Пятнистый линзанг
    • пятнистый линсанг
  • Swedish: Fläckig linsang
  • Thai: ชะมดแปลงลายจุด

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Spotted linsang distribution

Range Map

Distribution map of Spotted linsang, Prionodon pardicolor in Thailand
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Lum Nam Pai Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Pang Sida National Park
  • Ta Phraya National Park
  • Thap Lan National Park
Range map of Prionodon pardicolor in Thailand