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Nilgiri marten

(Martes gwatkinsii)

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Description

The Nilgiri marten (Martes gwatkinsii) is the only species of marten found in southern India.It occurs in the hills of the Nilgiris and parts of the Western Ghats.The Nilgiri marten is similar to the yellow-throated marten,but is larger and essentially different in the structure of the skull – it has a prominent frontal concavity.It is unmistakable in the field;its pelage is deep brown from head to rump,with the forequarters being almost reddish,with a bright throat ranging in colour from yellow to orange.It is about 55 to 65 cm long from head to vent and has a tail of 40 to 45 cm.It weighs about 2.1 kg.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Mustelidae
Genus:Martes
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