Tuesday, June 1, 2010

THE SMALL INDIAN CIVET | Viuerricula indica | Viverricula indica


Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Viverridae
Subfamily: Viverrinae
Genus: Viverricula
Species: V. indica
Binomial name: Viverricula indica

Scientific name : Viverricula indica

Local names : Veruku, Meru, Cheruveruku, Kodimeru, Poomeru.

Habitat : Country side, villages and forests.

Distribution : Distributed all over Kerala.

Indirect evidences : Scat and pug marks.

Faecal matters : Contains plant seeds and is often watery.

Colour : Black to brownish in colour.

Size : Length may vary from 3.00 to 4.6 cm. drippings are seen on rock or on long in the forest.

Pug marks : A small pad and four finger prints can be seen clearly.

Size : Width may vary from 3.00 cm to 3.6 cm.

Where to look for the indirect evidences : Near the fruiting trees when the fruits ripens. Active at dusk and dawn. Pug marks are clear near the river sides.

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