The Malabar Large-spotted Civet (Viverra civettina), is a civet also known as the Malabar Civet and called Jawad in Malayalam, the local language of Kerala. The species was once common along the lowland coastal tracts of Kerala and Karnataka in South India. It became rare by the beginning of the 20th century, but was still often used for producing civit musk in the 1960’s. In 1990, isolated populations of Malabar large spotted civet still survived in less disturbed areas of South Malabar. In 1999, fewer than 250 mature individuals were thought to survive in the wild.
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