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Range DescriptionCommon Genet is a widespread species, occurring on the northern Saharan fringe (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and possibly Lybia), and then in open and dry savanna zones throughout sub-Saharan Africa in three large blocks, corresponding roughly to West Africa, East Africa and southern Africa (Delibes and Gaubert 2013). Also occurs in coastal regions of Arabia, Yemen and Oman (Harrison and Bates 1991); records from Palestine are in error (Schlawe 1980, Kock 1983).
In Europe, this species occurs in all of continental Portugal and Spain, Andorra, and western, south-western and southeastern France (Delibes 1999, Gaubert et al. 2008). It is also found on the Mediterranean islands of Majorca, Ibiza, and Cabrera (Balearic Islands; Delibes 1999). There are also scattered records from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and north-west Italy (Delibes 1999). In the latter country the presence of the species seems to be the result of natural colonisation from France, whereas the recordsfrom the former countries are likely to have been from the unintentional release of captive animals.Phylogeographic analyses confirmed that this species has been introduced to Europe and the Balearic islands (Gaubert et al.2009, 2011). It has been recorded from sea level to 2,600 m a.s.l. in the High Atlas mountains of Morocco (Cuzin 2003) and at least 3,000 m a.s.l. in the Ethiopian Highlands (Admasu et al. 2004).