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Family Callidulidae: An unusual family of moths known as "Old World Butterfly-moths. Callidulids are a family of butterfly like moths which are distributed throughout southeast Asia and Oceania. Callidulids can exhibit both day and night flying behavior and typically hold their wings over thier backs like butterflies. Thier closest relatives are know truly known but they are thought to be close to hook-tip and geometer moths.

Image: L. Shyamal

 

Malabar Large-spotted Civet (Viverra civettina)

Also known as the Malabar Civet, the Malabar large-spotted civet is a species of viverrid native to the Western Ghats of India. Like other civets the Malabar civet is primarily nocturnal and forages for small mammals, fish, bird eggs, plant matter and a number of other animals. They can also excrete the famous civet musk which is sometimes used in perfumes. Unlike the related large-spotted civet (V.megaspila) the Malabar civet has less hair on the soles of its feet. And can be distinguished from the small Indian civet (V.indica) by its smaller tail and back crest. Currently the Malabar civet is listed as critically endangered because of habitat destruction and hunting due to the misconception that they kill poultry. 

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Feliformia-Viverridae-Viverra-civettina

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