MALABAR CIVET/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus



DESCRIPTION: The most endangered civet and possibly the most endangered mammal in India, the Malabar Civet was last reported from Kerala in 1990. It can be told apart from the Small Indian Civet by its much larger size and the dark, erectile crest of hair that runs down its spine, much like that of the Large Indian Civet. Unlike the Large Indian Civet, the dark band runs through to the tip of the tail. The underside of the tail has five black and white bands. The black spots on the grey coat do not form lines or patterns, but are splotched randomly. The Malabar Civet is most closely related to the Large Spotted Civet (V. megaspila) of South–East Asia.

BEHAVIOUR: Though not confirmed, it probably uses fixed places for latrines.

DISTRIBUTION: In the past, lowland coastal forests of Kerala and Karnataka.

HABITAT: Highly degraded lowland forests. Also reported from cashew plantations.

 Size: approx. 76 cm,

IUCN  Status: Critically Endangered


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