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The fanaloka (Fossa fossana) is a Malagasy civet, which is sufficiently different to the civets found on mainland Africa that it is placed in a unique subfamily, the Eupleninae, along with another Madagascan civet, the fanalouc (Eupleres goudotii)). The fanaloka is the only member of the genus Fossa, and is about the size of a domestic cat, with a stocky body, short, thin legs and a fox-like pointed muzzle. The short, dense coat is light brown with grey around the head and on the back. There are four rows of dark spots along the flanks , which can blend to form short stripes; the thighs may also feature a few dark spots. The underparts do not tend to have markings, and are pale cream or white in colour. Vocalisations include a range of cries and groans, as well as a typical ‘coq-coq’, which is only produced when in the presence of more than one individual

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