Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Ranges from Senegal to Ghana, although the eastern boundary is uncertain (Gaubert and Dunham in press). Crawford-Cabral (1980-81) suggested the Volta R. as a possible barrier to the species.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Present in a wide range of habitats; usually restricted to primary and secondary rainforests, gallery forests and moist woodlands, but also occurs in forest plantations, bush-lands and suburban areas (Gaubert and Dunham in press).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Life History and Behavior

Life Expectancy

Lifespan, longevity, and ageing

Observations: Not much is known about the longevity of these animals, though they have been reported to live up to 12.5 (Philip Altman and Dorothy Dittmer 1962).
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

Assessor/s
Gaubert, P. & Dunham, A.

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

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Least Concern as the species is common within a relatively wide distribution range in West Africa, and occurs in a variety of habitats. However, given continued hunting pressure on genets in the region, the status of this species may require reassessment.
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Population

Population
Believed to be common. Night-time field searches carried out from a vehicle in Niokolo-Koba N.P. in Senegal resulted in an estimated frequency of occurrence of 0.7/100 km (Sillero-Zubiri and Marino 1997).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no known major threats. However, they have been recorded from bushmeat markets.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Present in several protected areas across the range.
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Wikipedia

Pardine genet

The pardine genet (Genetta pardina), also known as the forest genet and the West African large spotted genet, is a mammal from the Carnivora order that is related to linsangs and civets.

Characteristics[edit]

This slender animal has a head and body length of approximately 50 cm (20 in) whilst its tail makes up a further 40 cm (16 in).

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This species is found in a wide range of habitats[2] in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.[1]

Ecology and behavior[edit]

Pardine genet showing its agile nature at Wingham Wildlife Park

Whilst this carnivore is an excellent hunter they have also on occasion been seen to scavenge for food, with this behavior not being limited to carcasses but also including fruits and food taken from human housing.

This fairly solitary species is very adept at climbing.

Threats[edit]

In the wild this species covers a relatively wide range through much of West Africa, and can be found in a variety of habitats. Due to their ability to adapt it is currently classed as Least Concern on the IUCN redlist, however there are concerns that this may change in the future due to continued hunting by humans (turning up occasionally in bush meat markets).[2]

In Captivity[edit]

This species is kept in captivity, and has in some cases been kept in the exotic pet trade. Their relatively small size and beautiful looks make them a popular animal to observe in a captive setting, however in zoos it is currently only found in the Wingham Wildlife Park in the UK.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M., eds. (2005). "Genetta pardina". Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ a b c Gaubert, P. & Dunham, A. (2008). Genetta pardina. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 8 June 2010. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern
  3. ^ "Wingham Wildlife Park Animal A - Z Pardine Genet". Wingham Wildlife Park. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
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