Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Found only in Angola and DR Congo. In Angola, known only from a single specimen collected in 1908 north of the Cuanza R. (Crawford-Cabral 1989). In DR Congo, present in the rainforest south-east of the Congo/Lualaba Rivers (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
An inhabitant of deciduous rainforest; not known to visit cultivated or inhabited land (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
DD
Data Deficient

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Van Rompaey, H. & Hoffmann, M.

Reviewer/s
Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Data Deficient as there is little information on the population status, distribution limits and threats to this species. It is likely that with further survey work the species will be shown to warrant listing as Least Concern, but in the absence of more reliable information it is provisionally listed as Data Deficient.

History
  • 1996
    Lower Risk/least concern
    (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
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Population

Population
Up until 1984, known only from two specimens, the type and the specimen from Baringa. However, they have since been found to be quite common in some regions (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). During bushmeat surveys conducted in the eastern Congo basin, this species accounted for only 10% of carnivores compared with 42% for Alexander's Cusimanse (Colyn et al. 1987).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Threats to this species are not clear, but they probably include habitat loss and bushmeat hunting.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Recorded from Salonga N.P. in DR Congo. There is a paucity of information available for this species, making it a priority for research, particularly to determine its current population status and the extent of its range. In particular, a survey for the disjunct population in Angola is urgently needed where it is known only from the holotype (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press).
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