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Common Palm Civet
Paradoxurus hermaphroditus (Pallas 1777)


Table of Contents

Baby common palm civet on a tree (Photograph by Chan Kwokwai[45]: Permission given.)

I. Introduction



The common palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) is fondly known as Musang in Malay and Toddy cat in English for its love of the sap used to make the alcoholic drink “toddy” 1 . Though often labelled as the 'civet cat', the common palm civet is actually distantly related to cats and is instead more closely related to mongoose and hyenas 2 3

Its scientific name, Paradoxurus hermaphroditus, translates to paradoxical and hermaphrodite respectively. Coined in by Frédéric Curvier in 1821, "Paradoxurus" actually refers to the paradoxical tail of the civet, of which was thought to act like a fifth limb and looked very unlike the tails of its close relatives (hyenas and mongoose) 4 5 6 . The species epithet "hermaphroditus", on the other hand, was named after hermaphrodite, a greek god who had both female and male sexual organs due to the resemblance of the civets’ scent glands to testicles and much confusion over identifying the sex of the civet. 7 2

Common palm civet lazing on a branch with full view of tail and exposed bottom (Photograph by Nick Baker[39]: Permission given)



The common palm civet is also a nocturnal creature and is thus largely active from dusk (1800h) to dawn (0400h)8 9 . Hence, most pictures of the civets were taken at night.

As one of the last remaining small mammals left in Singapore, the survival of the common palm civet over the years could probably be attributed to its ability to adapt and live around humans 10 . Unfortunately, venturing out of forests and into the close proximity of humans has its consequences. The common palm civet has been facing numerous threats ranging from human-civet conflicts arising from interactions between civets and residents, its association to SARS and the unsustainable demand for kopi luwak.


II. Recognising a common palm civet



Identification of the common palm civet is mainly through its general appearances. However, if you do have the opportunity to take a closer look at it, it has other distinguishing characteristics such as its feet and teeth as well. 

General appearances2 11 12  

General appearance of the common palm civet (Modified from photograph by Bernard Dupont[42]: CC-BY-SA 2,0)



Just like how every individual is unique, some variation in outer appearance is expected to occur between individuals. For instance, the tail ends of some individuals might be white and the body colouration may differ from individual to individual. Nevertheless, the labelled diagram (above) shows the basic features of the common palm civet 

Other distinguishing characteristics


Modified annotated diagram of feet of Paradoxurus larvatus. (Diagram by 
13

: accessible by Biodiversity Heritage Library)


#1: Feet 

The common palm civet has plantigrade hind feet (B), which means it primarily walks with its feet planted on the ground like humans14 .

Distinct features of its feet includes:

  • Webbed digits

  • 3rd and 4th fused digit on hind feet

  • Large planter pad

  • Retractible claws

These characteristics are also shared with other species within its genus13  such as Paradoxurus larvatus.

For a more detailed description, have a look at this paper by Pocock et al. from the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
Lateral view of lower jaw teeth (Photograph by Phil Myers [44]: Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

#2: Teeth

The teeth of the common palm civet have developed over time to fit a broader diet. Hence you might notice that in comparison to other carnivores, the common palm civet has:

  • Smaller cheek teeth with rounded surface for grinding15


  • More curved and less sharp canines




III. Civets of Singapore



The common palm civet is part of a larger group of civets.

Re-drawing of civets extinct and extant in Singapore by Alicia Ng, adapted from plates illustrated by Toni Ilobert, Medway11  and photographs of Bernard Dupoint42.



To tell them apart, have a go at the flow chart below. 

Flow chart created adapted from key11


Out of the twelve possible species of civets in the flow chart, only four can be found in Singapore: the common palm civet, the Malay civet, the large indian civet and the small-toothed palm civet10 .

(Photograph by Chan Kwokwai 47: Permission given)

Paradoxurus hermaphroditus 


Common name: Common palm civet

Size: Medium

Native: Yes

Distinguishing features11 16

  • Black mask over face
  • Three long stripes on mid-back
  • Irregular spots along flank
  • Uniformly grey and non-patterned neck
  • Black limbs and tail


(Photograph by blue futon [41]: Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Viverra tangalunga 


Common name: Malay civet

Size: Medium

Native: Yes

Distinguishing features11 ,17

  • Ringed tailed
  • Stripes on underside of throat
(Photograph by Tontantravel [43]: Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

Viverra zibetha


Common name: Large indian civet

Size: Medium

Native: Yes

Distinguishing features11 17

  • Larger than malay civet
  • Ringed tailed
  • Stripes on underside of throat
(Photograph by Tontantravel [41]: Creative commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

Arctogalidia trivirgata


Common name: Small-toothed palm civet

Size: Small

Native: Yes

Distinguishing features11 16

  • Smallest of the four
  • No spots on flank
  • Three parallel lines on its back
  • Tail longer than head and body


IV. Distribution


Local


Sightings of the four civets found in Singapore are shown in the map below 10 . If you live near the Siglap or Opera estates, there might be a high chance you will encounter the common palm civet as there is a healthy population around that area 18 .

Map of Singapore showing distribution of civets. Solid coloured shapes represent civet records. Hollow shapes are unconfirmed sightings. PU: Pulau Ubin, BTNR: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, LNR: Labrador Nature Reserve, SBNR: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, CCNR: Central Catchment Nature Reserve. (Modified from Chua et al., 2012 [4])


If you do see a civet, please take the time to fill in this form: http://mammal.sivasothi.com and help in the efforts to track our local fauna.

Global


On a larger scale, the common palm civet occupies most of Southeast Asia. Its geographic range extends from India in the West to the Philippines in the east, the Himalayas in the North and the islands of Indonesia in the South 19 20 . The map below shows the geographic range of Paradoxurus hermaphroditus20
.



Map of geographic range of Paradoxurus hermaphroditus (Modified from Patou et al.20 )


V. Habitat



The common palm civet has been known to inhabit a wide range of habitats, including mixed deciduous forest, shrub lands, tall secondary forests, plantations and gardens19 8 . During the day, the common palm civet may be found resting in tree cavities and in areas of dense vegetation9 .

Gif from video of common palm civet living in a tree hollow with her baby at Bidadari Cemetery (Video by 13seaeagle 48, created using GIPHY)

VI. Behaviour



Though it spends most of its time up in the trees, the common palm civet do have the flexibility to head to the ground when crossing open spaces. They have also cleverly made use of roofs to head from one location to another11 18

It is also mostly solitary, but may form small groups consisting of the mother and its young7 .

Civet family consisting of the mother and her young. (Photograph by Chan Kwokwai [47]: Permission given)



The females are reputed to be territorial, while the males' territories may overlap4 . To demarcate their territories, they largely communicate through scent markings left through a variety of methods21 :

  • Dragging of perineal gland (located at its belly) against the surface
  • Rubbing of ear-neck area for objects above surface
  • Heel rubbing on walking surface, where specific skin glands can release scent secretions
  • Anal drag, often done after defecation
  • Urination
  • Defecation


Through just scent markings alone, the palm civet is able to discern the sex, species and familiarity of the scent’s owner.21

Curiously, civets have been increasingly known to use highways or routes as scent-marking locations despite the danger they face in becoming roadkill22 . The common palm civet, in particular, uses gravel roads and roadside forests as a communication site through defecation. One of the reasons speculated for this strange habit was the presence of the civet’s food source, Ficus spp., along roadside forests, which may have led to its frequent visits to the area. 

Civet faeces on road (Photograph by Jacqueline Chua [50]: Permission given)



VII. Diet



The common palm civet is omnivorous and eats a mixed diet of fruits, leaves, insects, molluscs, small reptiles, birds and small mammals19 9 23 . Their stomachs are well adapted to their diet and are highly tolerant of plant toxins that would have irritated our stomachs23 . They also have teeth modified for a frugivorous diet2 . As a result of their diverse diet, the common palm civet may switch to other food sources when one type of food is scarce24 9 . Fruits, however, still make up a huge proportion of their diet. Common palm civets are known to eat more than 10 species of fruits25 . Amazingly, these seeds are generally undamaged after passing through the civet’s digestive system and are still able to germinate23 25 .

Civet faeces on Petai Trail at MacRitchie containing pulp of
Tembusu fruits (Photograph by Jacqueline Chua 49: Permission given)


VIII. Role in ecosystem



Due to its various attributes, the common palm civet is an excellent seed disperser. It helps to disperse the seeds of a variety of plant species ranging from fig trees (Ficus spp.), to cash crops like taro (Colocasia esculenta var. esculenta) to economically valuable timber trees such as Artocarpus spp.25 22 26 .

For some seeds, such as the sugar palm, passing through the digestive gut of the civet is a requirement for germination23 .

Besides persisting in disturbed habitats, the common palm civet is able to travel well over several hundreds of metres exceeding that of other disturbance tolerant animals such as rats and squirrels27 . Coupled with their ability to travel between secondary and primary forests, the common palm civet could potentially widen the range of seed dispersal. 


Moreover, given the differences in fruit preferences and seed handling, the common palm civet fulfils a unique role from other seed dispersers. For example, unlike other frugivores such as the hornbill and the spider monkey who are largely confined to trees, civets have been known to deposit seeds within the canopy, on the ground and in open areas such as stream banks and tree fall gaps, where conditions are ideal for germination28

The common palm civet may hence play a vital role in seed dispersal and restoration of degraded forests in Singapore.

IX. Threats and conservation issues



Headshot of common palm civet (Photograph by Nick Baker [46]; Permission given)


Although the common palm civet is noted as “least concern” under the IUCN red list and is not listed under the Singapore Red Data Book, its population status is poorly studied29 . We do know however that the common palm civet is facing threats from human-civet conflict, misconceptions of SARS and the kopi luwak trade.

Human-civet conflict


In Singapore, common palm civets were thought of as nuisances. Besides raiding fruits from the gardens of residents and leaving behind faeces, residents were also agitated by the noises made by the civets when travelling across the roofs30 . Residents also feared that the civets would cause harm or transmit diseases (SARS) to humans31 .

As such, some of the residents have taken to trapping the civets32 33 . Though the-the majority of the residents have handed the civets over to the Night Safari to be displaced, a minority has expressed a worrying amount of rage towards the animals31 . For instance, a local resident had trapped a common palm civet for eating the fruits of his papaya tree and damaging the telephone wires, threatening to barbeque the civet34 . Though it is illegal to trap and kill a wild animal under section 5(1) of the Wild Animal and Birds Act, section 6(1) of the same act allows a person to kill the wild animal if it was found to have damaged the owner's property35 . It is not known what has happened to the trapped civet.

Civet trapped for eating the fruits of the owner's papaya tree and gnawing on the telephone wires (Photograph by STOMP51: Permission given)


Additionally, citizens have been known to keep the civets as pets, but grossly mistreat them either by ignorance or negligence.

Mistreated civet in "A common palm civet found in a cage at Hougang car workshop" (Video by Straits Times 52)


SARS


Back in 2004, a research paper linking the SARS epidemic to palm civets was released36 . Two out of four SARS patients were found to have been in close proximity with the civets. They were waitress and customer respectively in a restaurant that serves civet meat in the form of an expensive prestigious dish: dragon, tiger and phoenix soup37 . The six palm civets present in the restaurant were found to have a SARS-associated virus, prompting the extermination of 10,000 civets in Guangdong, China. 

Later studies, however, found that the palm civets were not the source of the SARS virus, but may be involved in the transmission of SARS38 . Notably, SARS is transmitted through other animals such as badgers and raccoon dog as well. Hence, recklessly killing off civets seems like a irrational solution to prevent the transmission of SARS when the focus should be on understanding and preventing the onset of SARS or other infectious diseases39 38  . Moreover, civets and some species of animals may serve as a buffer between viruses and humans through slowing down the rate of transmission. Hence, we should not be too quick to attach negative connotations on civets.

Kopi luwak


An even bigger threat to the common palm civet is the demand for kopi luwak. Kopi luwak is coffee brewed from beans that have passed through the digestive system of civets40 . The coffee beans are remarked to be more fragrant and flavourful than normal coffee41

Here is a short introduction to kopi luwak:

An introduction to Kopi luwak: "Extreme Coffee -- Sumatra" (Video by Journeyman Pictures53)



The origins of kopi luwak allegedly came about because workers were denied coffee beans from the plantation. Hence to get their dose of coffee, they collected, cleaned and roasted the coffee beans collected from the faeces of wild palm civets41


Kopi luwak was never meant to be a commercially viable good given the tediousness and difficulty of harvesting the defecated seeds42 The novelty and popularity of kopi luwak however soon led to a drastic increase in prices. In Singapore, a cup of kopi luwak costs a whopping $2543 .

It is of little surprise that the pressure to supply the goods ultimately translates for the need to mass produce kopi luwak. Most kopi luwak are thus rarely “wild-sourced” and are instead farmed44 . The civets are captured from the wild and fed exclusively on a diet of coffee cherries, which tends to have detrimental effects on their health42 41 . As mentioned earlier, civets have a broad diet and though they may switch from source to source, they still require a variety of food. Feeding them caffeine ladened coffee cherries nutritionally starves them and cause great mental distress, so much so that some civets exhibit self-harm. Consequently, trapping the civets into small cages drives them to display stereotypical behaviour such as restless repetitive pacing as shown in the video below.

This video summarises the cruelties imposed on the civets due to our demand for more “fragrant coffee”:

Video summarising the cruelties of the civet coffee industry (Video by PETA UK54)


For more information on Kopi Luwak and to support of the ban on kopi luwak, please visit this site: https://projectluwaksg.wordpress.com!

X. Taxonomy and systematics



Original description

Original description of Paradoxurus hermaphroditus by Pallas 1777, accessible by Biodiversity Heritage Library 45


The common palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) was first described by Peter Simin Pallas, a German botanist and zoologist, in 1777 under the binomial name: “Viverra hermaphroditus”. The original description was published in the book: Die Säugethiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur, mit Beschreibungen45 . A rough translation of the text reveals a brief description of the various defining morphological features of the common palm civet, including its fur coloration and its relative proportions.

Taxonavigation


ClassMammalia
OrderCarnivora
FamilyViverridae
GenusParadoxurus
SpeciesParadoxurus hermaphroditus


Systematics

Prior to the availability of molecular data, there were numerous hypothesis for the classification of taxa within the family of Viverridae46

For instance, Mivart’s classification found three main taxa based on characters such as the perineal scent glands, skulls, dentition, colouration and foot structure:

    1. Genetta, Viverricula, Viverra, Fossa, Prionodon and Poiana
    2. Paradoxurus, Arctogale, Hemigalea, Arctictis, Nandinia
    3. Cynogale


Whereas, Pocock in contrast has outlined seven taxa, basing his classification on detailed analysis of perineal scent glands:

    1. Viverrinae, Fossinae (True civets)
    2. Prionodontinae (Asian linsang)
    3. Paradoxurinae (The true palm civets)
    4. Arctogalidinae
    5. Hemigalinae (Banded civets)
    6. Cynogalinae (Otter civets)
    7. Nandiniidae (African palm civets)


Wovencraft (1984) reclassified the taxa to six subfamilies:

    1. Hemigalinae (Banded and otter civets)
    2. Paradouxurinae (The true palm civets)
    3. Viverrinae (True civets)
    4. Nandiniinae (African palm civets)
    5. Cryptoproctinae (Malagasy civets)
    6. Euplerinae (Malagsy viverrids)

With the addition of molecular data, numerous phylogenetic analysis have reached the current consensus of four main subfamilies3 47 48

    1. Hemigalinae (Banded and otter civets)
    2. Paradoxurinae (The true palm civets)
    3. Genettinae (Genets)
    4. Viverrinae. (True civets)


Phylogeny


Most of the taxonomic problems with regard to the common palm civet occurred at the higher taxa. Hence, phylogenetic analyses were conducted on the subfamilies of Viverrids (Family Viverridae) by Veron and Heard (2000)49 , Gaubert and Cordeiro-Estrela (2006)3 and Patou et al. (2008)47 , which revealed the relationships within subfamilies of civets and genets to be relatively consistent. With phylogenetic analyses using molecular data, the confusion regarding the arrangement of subfamilies within the Viverrids is proposed to contain only four subfamilies.

These are the phylogenetic trees from the various analyses and a brief description of the data and optimality criteria used for each tree:

Veron and Heard49  constructed the phylogenetic tree based on molecular data (a 790bp cytochrome b sequence, of which 664bp was used in analysis). Maximum Parsimony and Neighbour-joining were the optimality criteria for the tree.

Neighbour-joining phylogenetic tree (Veron and Heard, 2000) [49 ]

Maximum parsimony phylogenetic tree (Veron and Heard, 2000) [49 ]

The phylogenetic tree of Viverrinae by Gaubert and Cordeiro-Estrela3  utilises four sets of genes cytochrome b, transthyretin intron I and IRBP exon 1 (IRBP1) to generate a combined data set through Bayesian analysis. Optimality criteria Maximum Parsimony, Maximum Likelihood were also considered in the analysis.

Phylogenetic tree constructed from Bayesian analysis of the combined data set consisting of the one mitochondria gene and two nuclear genes. Values at nodes are Bayesian probabilities that are more than 0.95, while the asterisk represent 100% from Maximum Parsimony and Maximum Likelihood analysis. Labels: 8 = Viverridae, 8a = Hemigalinae, 8b = Paradoxurinae, 8c = Genettinae+Viverrinae (Gaubert and Cordeiro-Estrela, 2006) [49 ]

Patou et al.47  derived its phylogenetic tree through the use of molecular data. Four genes were sequenced: two mitochondrial genes (Cytochrome b and ND2) and two nuclear genes (b-fibrinogen intron 7 and IRBP exon 1). Maximum Parsimony, Maximum Likelihood and Bayesian inference were used as optimality criteria. The datasets were then combined to reconstruct the final phylogenetic tree seen below.

Phylogenetic tree constructed from Bayesian analysis using a combined dataset of molecular data utilised. NS indicates that node is not supported. (Patou et al., 2008) [47 ]


As seen from the phylogenetic trees, phylogenetic relationships between P. hermaphroditus and sister taxa were largely found to be supported and consistent. For instance, within Paradoxurinae, the phylogenetic relationships between (Arctictis binturong (Paguma larvata (P. hermaphroditus, P. jerdoni))) were found to be stable in all phylogenetic trees. In most of the phylogenetic trees, the clade (Hemigalinae, Paradoxurinae), comprising of Asian palm civets was shown to be a well-supported relationship47 . With the exception of the phylogenetic tree analysed using Maximum Parsimony in Veron and Heard49 , the (Genettinae+Viverrinae) was found to be the sister group of the Asian palm civets (Hemigalinae, Paradoxurinae).

Additionally, the phylogenetic studies by Patou et al.47  and Gaubert and Cordeiro-Estrela49 , have tentatively concluded that the family Viverridae consists of four subfamilies: Genettinae, Viverrinae , Hemigalinae, and Paradoxurinae.

XI. Further resources


Other species pages


Local news of the common palm civet


Citizen science


Kopi luwak


XII. Literature cited

Literature


Footnotes
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38 Wang, L.-F., & Eaton, B. T. 2007. Bats, Civets and the Emergence of SARS. In J. E. Childs, J. S. Mackenzie, & J. A. Richt (Eds.), Wildlife and Emerging Zoonotic Diseases: The Biology, Circumstances and Consequences of Cross-Species Transmission (Vol. 315, pp. 332–334). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-70962-6_13 [ a b ]
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40 “Civet coffee: why it’s time to cut the crap.” by Wild, T., 2013. The Guardian. URL:http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2013/sep/13/civet-coffee-cut-the-crap
41 “The World’s Most Expensive Coffee Is a Cruel Cynical Scam, ” by Kwok, Y., 2013. Time (2013). URL:http://world.time.com/2013/10/02/the-worlds-most-expensive-coffee-is-a-cruel-cynical-scam [ a b c ]
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43 “Where to find Luwak Coffee In Singapore?,” by William, 2013.URL:http://blog.omy.sg/safra/2013/11/29/where-to-find-luwak-coffee-in-singapore
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Photographs and Videos


39. “Male relaxing on a thick liana at Sungei Relau, Taman Negara, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia,” by Nick Baker. Ecology Asia. URL: http://www.ecologyasia.com/verts/mammals/common_palm_civet.htm

40. “Large Indian Civet, Viverra zibetha in Kaeng Krachan national park,” by Tontantravel. Flickr. 14 Nov 2014. URL:https://www.flickr.com/photos/tontantravel/15924839626/in/photolist-qgdY1s-rQM5XJ-6tMQoc-5b8jRD-n9Zyr4-bXRqko-bq9grE-bq9gLE

41. “Small-toothed Palm Civet, Arctogalidia trivirgata in Khao Yai national park,” by Tontantravel. Flickr. 30 Jul 2014. URL: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tontantravel/20757398043/

42. “Common Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus),” by Bernard Dupont. Flickr. Sep 2003. URL: https://www.flickr.com/photos/berniedup/7781509830/ 

43. “Malay civet,” by bluefuton. Flickr. 12 Sep 2008. URL: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluefuton/2907140166/

44. “Lateral view of lower jaw,” by Phil Myers, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Animal Diversity Web. 11 Dec 2008. URL: http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Paradoxurus_hermaphroditus/specimens/collections/contributors/phil_myers/ADW_mammals/specimens/Carnivora/Viverridae/Paradoxurus_hermaphroditus/lower_lateral/

45. “Civet on a rain tree.,” by Chan Kwokwai. Flickr. 10 April 2011. URL:https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwokwai76/8061780809/in/album-72157631709562308/ 

46. “Young male, in a mango tree in the Portsdown area of Singapore,” by Nick Baker. Ecology Asia. URL: http://www.ecologyasia.com/verts/mammals/common_palm_civet.htm 

47. “A Mum with 2 kittens” by Chan Kwokwai. Flickr. 10 April 2011. URL:http://wildpix.blogspot.sg/2011/04/common-palm-civet-of-siglap-estate.html

48. “Common/Asian palm civet n Baby. Former Bidadari Cemetary Singapore.,” by 13seaeagle. 9 October 2015. URL:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQgDLbLbWGE

49. “Civet faeces on Petai Trail at MacRitchie containing pulp of Tembusu fruits,” by Jacqueline Chua. 

50. “Civet faeces on road,” by Jacqueline Chua

51. “Bungalow owner wants to barbeque civet cat for destroying telephone wires,” by STOMP. 29 March 2012. URL: http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/this-urban-jungle/bungalow-owner-wants-to-barbeque-civet-cat-for-destroying-telephone-wires

52. “A common palm civet found in a cage at Hougang car workshop,” by Straits Times. 6 May 2015. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rp12P4sFx8

53. “Extreme Coffee -- Sumatra,” by Journeyman Pictures. 31 Oct 2007. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCG31fSAr4M

54. “Kopi Luwak: Cruelty in Every Cup,” by PETA UK. 17 Sep 2013. URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leSQt1NeCok

“A phylogenetic reappraisal of the Viverridae and its relationship to other carnivora (civets, mongooses, herpestidae).” by Wozencraft, W. C.. 1984. URL: http://search.proquest.com.libproxy1.nus.edu.sg/docview/303321405?pq-origsite=summon


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