Coat colour variation in Common Palm Civet observed from Dandeli - Anshi tiger Reserve.
On 2 July 2015, at around 22:30h, we sighted an unusually-looking civet while driving a car on a road near Dandeli - Anshi Tiger Reserve. Only the eye shine was seen initially. Due to the lights of the car the animal quickly moved into the road side vegetation and climbed up a tree. At first sight, it appeared to be a Paradoxurus species in brownish-black pelage with partially white tail. We photographed the animal which was about 4 m above the ground, using Point and shoot and DSLR cameras. The individual had a combination of brown-black coat colour on the dorsal side. Underfur appeared whitish along with pinkish leg extremities. Tail emerged white and black when it was crossing the road, we tried to photograph the tail when it was on the tree (see the full text) . It appeared to be a fully grown female as the mammary glands were slightly visible in the photographs.
Another individual with the same features was sighted by Rohit Shinde and his team near Satara, Maharashtra. This civet appeared juvenile with black coat colour having similar golden-brownish patch on its back and approximately half of the tail emerged to be off-white.
A shortnote on this variation has been published in the journal of small carnivore conservation, IUCN.
Read the full article on this coat colour variation at :
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