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Asiatic linsang
Temporal range: Middle Miocene–Present
Prionodon pardicolor - Kunming Natural History Museum of Zoology - DSC02486.JPG
Spotted linsang (Prionodon pardicolor)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Prionodontidae
Horsfield, 1822
Subfamily: Prionodontinae
Gray, 1864
Genus: Prionodon
Horsfield, 1822
  • Prionodon linsang
  • Prionodon pardicolor

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

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. 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.

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