Palm roller

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Palm roller
Fleckenmusang (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus)

Fleckenmusang ( Paradoxurus hermaphroditus )

Subclass : Higher mammals (Eutheria)
Superordinate : Laurasiatheria
Order : Predators (Carnivora)
Subordination : Feline (Feliformia)
Family : Crawling cats (Viverridae)
Subfamily : Palm roller
Scientific name
Gray , 1864

The Palm Roller (Paradoxurinae) are a subfamily of the crawling cats that is only found in the tropical latitudes of Asia . The African leopard scooter once classified here is no longer included in this group.

They are similar in shape to the civet cats , but are more plump. They are about the size of a house cat. Neither species is really well known. The musangs and larvae rollers are particularly typical examples of palm rollers, while the binturong or "marten bear" is a very different crawl cat.

The following genera are counted among the palm rollers:


Palm rollers are omnivorous , they feed on fruits as well as small mammals, birds and other animals. Without interspecific territoriality, at least three palm roller species can occur sympatric , i.e. simultaneously in the same ecosystem , the peripheral area or within tropical rainforests .


  • Ronald M. Nowak: Walker's Mammals of the World . 6th edition. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore 1999, ISBN 0-8018-5789-9 (English).
  • DE Wilson and DM Reeder: Mammal Species of the World . Johns Hopkins University Press, London 2005, ISBN 0-8018-8221-4 .

Individual evidence

  1. Miyabi Nakabayashi, Abdul Hamid Ahmad, Kohshima Shiro: Horizontal habitat preference of three sympatric Paradoxurinae civet species in a small area in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. In: Eur. J. Wildl. Res. , Volume 63, No. 2, 2017, doi : 10.1007 / s10344-016-1062-5 .

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