Banded linsang

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Banded linsang[1]
Prionodon linsang - Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria - Genoa, Italy - DSC02704.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Prionodontidae
Genus: Prionodon
Species: P. linsang
Binomial name
Prionodon linsang
(Hardwicke, 1821)
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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.


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.


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


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]


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.


  1. ^ Wozencraft, W.C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 532–628. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  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.
  3. ^ Whitfield, Philip, ed. (1984). Macmillan Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia. Macmillan Publishing Company. p. 92. ISBN 0-02-627680-1. 

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