Urban Mammals: Civet

Common palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus)

Local name: Musang jebat, musang pandan, musang pulut


  • Has three dark stripes on its back and a dark mask across the eyes and nose
  • Usually nests in hollow trees
  • Mainly feeds on fruits such as mangoes, but also feeds on other invertebrates such as worms and insects

Activity pattern: Nocturnal

Ecological function: Seed disperser, prey-predator relationship

Level in food chain: Primary and secondary consumer

Feeding behaviour: Omnivore

Food items: Fruits, worms, insects

Microhabitat: Occurs in fruit orchards, near housing areas and sometimes found inhabiting roof spaces


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