Small-toothed palm civet

species of mammal

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Small-toothed palm civet
Small-toothed Palm Civet (Arctogalidia trivirgata stigmatica) (8076736823) (cut).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Viverridae
Genus: Arctogalidia
Merriam, 1897
A. trivirgata[1]
Binomial name
Arctogalidia trivirgata[1]
(Gray, 1832)
  • A. t. trivirgata
  • A. t. bancana
  • A. t. fusca
  • A. t. inornata
  • A. t. leucotis
  • A. t. macra
  • A. t. major
  • A. t. millsi
  • A. t. minor
  • A. t. simplex
  • A. t. stigmaticus
  • A. t. sumatrana
  • A. t. tingia
  • A. t. trilineata
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Small-toothed palm civet range

The small-toothed palm civet (Arctogalidia trivirgata), also known as the three-striped palm civet, is a palm civet native to dense forests of Southeast Asia, from the Assam district of India to Indochina and the Malay Peninsula and on Sumatra, Bangka, Java, Borneo, and numerous small nearby islands of Indonesia.[2]

The first scientific description by John Edward Gray in 1832 was based on a zoological specimen from the Maluku Islands in the collection of the Rijksmuseum van Natuurlijke Historie in Leiden, Netherlands. It is blackish grey, has black paws and three black longitudinal stripes on the back.[3]

A monotypic genus, Arctogalidia means ‘bear-weasel’ (from ancient Greek arkto- ‘bear’ + galidia ‘little weasel’). The specific epithet trivirgata means ‘three-striped’ in Latin.

The small-toothed palm civet is mid-sized by the standards of its family, weighing 2.4 kg (5.3 lbs) and measuring 53 cm (21 in) long along the body, plus a tail of 58 cm (23 in). It has short fur that is generally a tawny or buff color while the head is a darker greyish tawny. Its muzzle is brown with a white streak that extends from the nose to the forehead. Only the females have the perineal scent gland, located near the vulva.[4]

The diet is varied and omnivorous, and usually consists of insects, small mammals, nesting birds, fruits, frogs and lizards. Matching the habits of other palm civets, this species is solitary, arboreal and nocturnal. Its gestation period is 45 days, and the average litter size is 3, which are born in dens made in the trees. Young open their eyes at 11 days and are weaned at two months. It can have two litters a year and there is no set mating season. It can live for 11 years. It is threatened primarily by deforestation, as are many Southeast Asian forest animals.


  1. ^ Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Species Arctogalidia trivirgata". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. (eds.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 549–550. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  2. ^ a b Willcox, D.H.A.; Duckworth, J.W.; Timmins, R.J.; Chutipong, W.; Choudhury, A.; Roberton, S.; Long, B.; Hearn, A.; Ross, J. (2016). "Arctogalidia trivirgata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T41691A45217378. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T41691A45217378.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  3. ^ Gray, J.E. (1832). "On the Family of Viverridae and its generic subdivisions; with an enumeration of the Species of Paradoxurus, and Characters of several new ones". Proceedings of the Committee of Science and Correspondence of the Zoological Society of London (Part 2): 63–68.
  4. ^ "Musang Akar, Satwa Nokturnal Penghuni Lebatnya Hutan Khas Kalimantan". merdeka. 26 April 2021. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
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