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Banded Palm Civet[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Viverridae
Subfamily: Hemigalinae
Genus: Hemigalus
Jourdan, 1837
Species: H. derbyanus
Binomial name
Hemigalus derbyanus
(Gray, 1837)

The Banded Palm Civet (Hemigalus derbyanus) is a civet found in the tall forests of Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.[1] Though it lives in the forests, it spends much of its time on the ground.

The Banded Palm Civet has a long pointed face, reminiscent of insectivorous mammals. It has a long body set on short legs, and five toes on each foot with retractable claws. It looks very similar to Owston's Palm Civet (Chrotogale owstoni), except that it lacks spots on its body, and the hair on its neck points upwards instead of down along the neck. It has short, dense fur that is generally a dark cream/buff color with four to five dark bands on its back. Its tail has two dark bands and the latter half of the tail is dark brown to black. There is a dark brown stripe that extends down the length of the top of the muzzle, and two stripes that extend from the top middle of the eye to the inside corner of the ears. There are two areas of white above and below each eye, and the muzzle is darker than the rest of the face.

References

  1. ^ a b Wozencraft, W. C. (16 November 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds). ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3/browse.asp?id=14000362.  
  2. ^ Hon, J., Azlan, M.J. & Duckworth, J.W. (2008). Hemigalus derbyanus. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 16 Oct 2008. Listed as Vulnerable (VU A2cd+3c v3.1)
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