EASTERN FALANOUC (Eupleres goudotii goudotti) ©Pete Oxford/

This rare and secretive mammal, found only in Madagascar, has caused taxonomists problems for many years. While the falanouc is a carnivore, and in appearance resembles a mongoose, its conical teeth so strongly resemble those of insectivores it was once classed as one. Slightly larger than a domestic cat, the falanouc has a stocky body with a small, delicate head, large ears and elongated snout. Its fur is soft and dense and the longer hairs on the fat, cylindrical tail give it a rather bushy appearance. This is the Eastern subspecies of the falanouc which has light brown or fawn upperparts with russet spots and tinges around the thighs and pale grey-brown underparts.

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