Asiatic linsang

genus of mammals

The Asiatic linsang (Prionodon) is a genus with two species, the banded linsang (Prionodon linsang) and the spotted linsang (Prionodon pardicolor).[2] They are native to southeast Asia:

Asiatic linsang
Prionodon pardicolor - Kunming Natural History Museum of Zoology - DSC02486.JPG
Prionodon pardicolor
Scientific classification

Horsfield, 1822

Gray, 1864

Horsfield, 1822

DNA analysis on 29 species showed that Prionodon was the sister-group of the family Felidae. So the Asiatic linsangs are put in a family of their own, the Prionodontidae.[3] Prionodon is not closely related to the African linsangs, although they look similar, and live a similar life. They are small cat-like carnivores adapted to catching small prey among the trees of a tropical forest. The similarities between the two groups came about by convergent evolution.

Prionodon is basal to the Feliformia and a sister taxon of the Felidae.[4]


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