Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Endemic to Nigeria and Cameroon. Has been recorded as ranging from the Niger R. eastwards to the Sanaga R., but there are also records of the species from west of the Niger Delta (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). The region between the Niger Delta and the Cross R. is heavily populated and a mosaic of forest patches and cultivated land, but recent records do exist: for example, one was recently bought at the roadside near Azumini (Angelici and Luiselli 2005). Gaubert et al. (2006) give records that show this species ranging more than 500 km south of the Sanaga R. to southern Cameroon, Gabon and Republic of Congo, as well as 180 km west of the known range in Nigeria between Oni and Epe (but these are not mapped). Ranges to more than 1,000 m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Inhabits scrub, low tangled vegetation, and bare ground below trees in high deciduous forest. Occasionally, also present in secondary and montane forest (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). In Nigeria, Angelici and Luiselli (2005) found that the presence of this species was statistically correlated to the presence of primary dry forest and bush-mango plantations inside the forest, and to a lesser extent secondary dry forest, and primary flooded forest but negatively influenced by the presence of suburban areas, pineapple plantations, bushlands, and oil palm plantations.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
VU
Vulnerable

Red List Criteria
A2cd

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2008

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

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

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Vulnerable as the species is believed to have undergone a decline of more than 30% over the last three generations (assuming a generation length of 7 years) based on habitat loss coupled with the impacts of hunting.

History
  • 1996
    Endangered
  • 1994
    Endangered
    (Groombridge 1994)
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Population

Population
In the Niger Delta area the Crested Genet seems common where it occurs, but there is no information on its abundance east of the Cross R. (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press).

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
Habitat loss is probably a major threat, since the Cross River State forests are rapidly being converted into farms or wastelands and the Niger Delta is exploited as an oil-production area. They are also believed to suffer from high hunting pressure (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is not known whether this species occurs in any protected areas, but it may occur in the Cross River National Park. There are none in the Niger Delta.
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Wikipedia

Crested servaline genet

The crested servaline genet (Genetta cristata), also simply known as the crested genet, is a mammal from the Carnivora order, family Viverridae. It is related to civets and linsangs. Its name comes from the small crest on the back of the animal's neck. This species of genet inhabits dry forests of south-eastern Nigeria.[2]. Its continued presence in southern Cameroon, and its presence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon are uncertain.[2]

The crested servaline Genet is considered vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, due to loss of habitat and over-hunting.[2] The Cross River State Forests are being converted into farms and wastelands while the Niger Delta is used as an oil-production area. Both of these regions are common areas where this genet is seen.[2]

Some authorities[who?] have considered this species to be a subspecies of the servaline genet (Genetta servalina), but it is now generally regarded as a full species on its own.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M., eds. (2005). "Genetta cristata". Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3/browse.asp?id=14000389.
  2. ^ a b c d e Van Rompaey H, Gaubert P & Hoffmann M (2008). Genetta cristata. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
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