C. platycephalus Skull Replica measures 3.0 inches. C. platycephalus Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. Known as Flat-headed kusimanse
C. platycephalus or Flat-headed kusimanse is a mongoose species endemic to West African rainforests. It is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List since 2008.
The species is very similar to the dark kusimanse but differ in skull. C. platycephalus or Flat-headed kusimanse has a mane on the neck. Head to body length is 30 to 36 cm, the tail measures 16 to 21 cm.
Males are slightly larger than females and the weigh about 1.5 kg. Females weigh about 0.5 kg. Body is slender and elongated with a relatively short tail and legs.
There are five toes in front and rear paws with the front paws have strong claws. The dark, shaggy fur is dark brown or black in color.
C. platycephalus or Flat-headed are primarily preyed on by various eagles and by African leopards.
In the presence of predators, kusimanses use alarm calls and escape to trees to evade predators.
Flat-headed kusimanse are commonly used as bushmeat in Africa. There are also reports of them being kept as pets in some regions. Habitat is mainly the undergrowth of tropical rainforests and riparian forests.
They are very commonly found in human habitations such as fields in the Niger Delta. It can be easily tamed where it is cooperative with humans.
C. platycephalus or Flat-headed kusimanse have various ectoparasites, such as lice, ticks and fleas. They also harbor endoparasites, such as protozoans, flukes and pentastomes.