Common Palm Civet

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Common palm civets are prime contributors to the dispersal of seeds, which helps forests regenerate.

Common palm civets eat the seeds of many trees in their area, like palm trees (Pinanga kuhlii and Pinanga zavana). They are prime contributors to the dispersal of these seeds, since they tend to pass them in their feces several hundred meters from where the seeds were consumed. This also encourages the seeds to germinate, which helps forests regenerate.

Sources: (Burton, 1968; Nelson, 2013)
Image: Biodiversity Heritage Library

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