Paradoxurus aureus, the golden palm civet, also called golden paradoxurus and golden wet-zone palm civet is a viverrid species native to Sri Lanka.1 It was first described by Frédéric Cuvier in 1822.23
Adults are red-gold to golden brown, with no special markings. The underside is paler gold than the upper side.2 It is found in forest, the foothills and the areas in between and possibly the cloud forest in the Central Highlands, Namunukula, and the Knuckles Mountain Range (Dumbara). Paradoxurus aureus was formerly considered synonymous with Paradoxurus zeylonensis, but is now considered a distinct species.1
- Groves, C. P., Rajapaksha, C., Mamemandra-Arachchi, K. (2009). "The taxonomy of the endemic golden palm civet of Sri Lanka". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 155: 238–251. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2008.00451.x.
- Cuvier, F. (1822). Du genre Paradxure et de deux espèces nouvelles qui s’y rapportent. Mémoires du Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle Paris 9: 41–48.
- Cuvier, G., Griffith, E. (1827). The animal kingdom arranged in conformity with its organization with supplementary additions to each order. Volume 2. G.B. Whittaker, London.