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Nandinia is not close to civets and genets, but is in fact a basal feliformian (Flynn et al. 2005); oriental linsangs (Prionodon) are not viverrids, but in fact the sister-taxon to cats (Gaubert & Cordeiro-Estrela 2006, Gaubert & Veron 2003); and Madagascan carnivorans are also not viverrids, but closer to mongooses (Gaubert et al. 2005).
Our Indian animal is closely allied to the Malayan species, which was first described as _Felis_ and afterwards _Prionodon gracilis_.
Between _Prionodon_ and the next comes a genus _Hemigalea_, which contains one species, _H.
_Prionodon_ is a very cat-like animal, which was once classed with the Felidae; the body is long and slender; the limbs very short; fur soft, close and erect, very richly coloured and spotted with black; the grinders are tubercular; claws retractile; soles furred; tail long, cylindrical, and ringed with black; no sub-caudal pouch.
Prionodon pardicolor (_Tiger Civet or Linsang_) 212 226.