Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Patchily distributed in Ethiopia, northern Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti and south-eastern Sudan (Gaubert in press). Diaz Behrens and Van Rompaey (2002) observed animals up to 3,750 m in the Abune Yosef massif, in Ethiopia.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Although the habitat requirements of this species are not well known, it appears to have a wide altitudinal and ecological range, from coastal plains and open dry lowlands to montane heather moorlands and Afroalpine grasslands (Gaubert in press). Diaz Behrens and Van Rompaey (2002) provide records of this species in montane dry forest (where dominant species include Tree Heath Erica arborea, Curry Bush Hypericum revolutum and Abyssinian Rose Rosa abyssinica), and recorded them to 3,750 m asl. Haltenorth and Diller (1980) state that the Ethiopian Genet is sometimes found near urban areas, but for such a poorly known species this requires confirmation.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Life History and Behavior

Life Expectancy

Lifespan, longevity, and ageing

Observations: Little is known about the longevity of these animals, but one specimen lived 13.8 years in captivity (Richard Weigl 2005).
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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. & Hoffmann, M.

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 although there is no current information on the population status of this species, it appears to have a wide ecological and altitudinal range. The threats that may be operating within its range are not likely to be resulting in declines that would warrant listing in a threatened category.

History
  • 1996
    Data Deficient
  • 1994
    Insufficiently Known
    (Groombridge 1994)
  • 1990
    Insufficiently Known
    (IUCN 1990)
  • 1988
    Insufficiently Known
    (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)
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Population

Population
The current population status is not known, but they are evidently rare (Gaubert in press). Yalden et al. (1996) considered them very uncommon. Known from fewer than 20 museum specimens (Diaz Behrens and Van Rompaey 200).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Major threats to this species are unclear. Yalden et al. (1996) mentioned habitat loss due to felling and cultivation in Acacia woodland and thornbush, together with pressures of herds of domestic stock in both arid lowlands and high plateaux.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
In Ethiopia, only three National Parks are likely to support populations of the Ethiopian Genet: Yangudi-Rassa, Awash and Simien Mountains (Gaubert in press). There is a need for further survey work to better understand the habitat requirements and population status of the species.
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Wikipedia

Abyssinian genet

The Abyssinian genet (Genetta abyssinica) is a species of genet. It is native to Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, and Djibouti,[1] and inhabits moorland, grasslands and sub-desert areas.[2] There are no known subspecies of the Abyssinian genet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 532–628. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ a b Gaubert P & Hoffmann M (2008). genetta abyssinica. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 22 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern


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