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Paguma larvata

Basic information
Scientific name Paguma larvata

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Common names Masked Musang, Masked Palm Civet
Higher taxon Viverridae, Carnivora, Mammalia
Natural range Himalaya, S China, Taiwan, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo.
Habitat Human inhabited to mountainous habitat. Often use arboreal habitat.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Entire Japanese Main Islands. Especially many records from Miyagi and Fukushima to Chubu district, and Shikoku district. Range in Japan
Origin Unknown.
Date Introduced in mid-age (before 19c). In W.W.II. period, introduced for fur.
Route Deliberate: For fur (in W.W.II. age).
Impact Competition against native species. Impact on agriculture. Invasion to human house.
Native organism(s) affected: Native racoon (Nyctereutes procyonoides), crops.
Regulation in Japan Designated as game animal. Keeping this species is prohibited in Shiga Pref. Release of this species is prohibited in Aichi Pref.
Introduced range in other countries
Reference Notes
  • Abe et al. (1994) A Pictorial Guide to the Mammals of Japan. Tokai University Press, Tokyo. (in Jpn)
  • Izawa et al. (ed) (1996) Encyclopedia of Animals in Japan 2, Mammals 2. Heibonsha. (in Jpn)
  • Ecol Soc Japan (ed) (2002) Handbook of Alien Species in Japan. Chijin-Shokan. (in Jpn)
  • Ohdachi et al. (eds) (2009) The Wild Mammals of Japan. Shoukabou, Kyoto.
  • etc.