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Common Palm Civet

IUCN Status Globally: Least concern (LC)

Status in Pakistan: Protected from hunting in most of its habitat

Scientific Name: Paradoxurus hermaphroditus

Family: Viverridae

Order: Carnivora

Class: Mammalia

Population Trend: Decreasing

Paradoxurus hermaphroditusLike the other two species of civet cats, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus is also native to Pakistan. Commonly known as Common Palm Civet or Mentawai Palm Civet across its wide range, this species of Civet is often one of the most commonly recorded species of small carnivore. Across its range it has been found commonly in degraded and anthropogenic habitats, with some records from even the most degraded small isolates amid human environments.

Common Palm Civet uses a wide range of habitats including evergreen and deciduous forest (primary and secondary), seasonally flooded Melaleuca-dominated peat swamp forest, mangroves, monoculture plantations (such as oil palm and teak), village and urban environments. This species is adapted for forest living, yet it tolerates living in areas near people: commuting along wires and pipes, sleeping in barns, drains, or roofs during the day, and coming out at night to catch rats or forage for mango, coffee, pineapples, melons, and bananas; it also eats insects and mollusks.

Hunting is prohibited and the species is protected under Sindh Ordinance V OF 1972 in the Sindh wildlife protection ordiance 1972.


References: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

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