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Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox)

Also known as the Fosa, the foosa is a species of euplerid (a family of feliform carnivorans native to Madagascar) found throughout Madagascar. Fossa are active both during the day and at night and will feed on a variety of animals including mammals, birds and reptiles. Their diet also depends on their environment as the diets of foosa that live in forests will consist of mostly lemurs, but the diets of foosa that live in mountainous areas will consist mostly of tenrecs. Foosa are very agile and can run down their  prey through trees with ease, using their extremely long tails for balance. Foosa also have an unusual mating ritual which consists of a female who runs up a tree, males will then congregate under the tree and start fighting/calling for the female. Over a one week period the female will select and mate with several males after the week is over a new female will occupy the tree and the cycle will continue. Foosa are currently listed as vulnerable as they are suffering due to habitat destruction and introduced disease.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Carnivora-Eupleridae-Cryptoprocta-ferox

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