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Banded Linsang

Banded linsang (Prionodon linsang) - Mount Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia

 

The banded linsang is a tree dwelling carnivore that can be found in the tropical forests of Borneo, Sumatra, and the Malay Peninsula. These carnivores spend most of their time in trees and are consequently uncommonly encountered. Various sources say it is rare and uncommon and it has even been called the rarest of the civets. Little is known of its ecology but we do know that its nocturnal, arboreal, and a carnivore; it feeds on squirrels, rats, lizards, and birds just to name a few food items. They do descend to the ground occasionally to hunt and I was lucky to come across this young one on such an occasion in the submontane forests on Mount Kinabalu.

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Taken on September 27, 2014