Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Largely restricted to the forests of the Upper Guinea rainforest block, having been recorded from Liberia, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana (Gaubert et al. 2002, Dunham and Gaubert in press).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
An inhabitant of dense rainforest. In Taï N.P., frequently observed in wetland areas including swamp forest (poor drainage areas dominated by prop-root trees and raffia palms) and riverine habitat (Dunham and Gaubert in press). However, one specimen collected in a region of moist woodlands and savanna in Guinea makes its restriction to rainforest questionable (Gaubert et al. 2002).

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
Dunham, A. & Gaubert, P.

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 estimates of forest loss in its range in the Upper Guinea forests, coupled with the impacts of hunting.

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
Little is known about the population status of this species, but it may be locally abundant, at least in protected areas of suitable habitat (Dunham and Gaubert in press).

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
Major threats to this species include habitat loss, due to the intensive deforestation resulting from agriculture, logging, and mining pressures in the Upper Guinean forest zone. Severe hunting pressures may also be affecting populations, and animals are hunted for both meat and skins (Dunham and Gaubert in press).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Although present in several protected areas, several of these require improved protection since hunting is intense even within protected areas, such as Mt. Nimba, Ziama Classified Forest and Taï N.P. Further survey work is necessary to determine whether secondary growth and moist woodland areas provide suitable habitat for this species (Dunham and Gaubert in press).
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Wikipedia

Johnston's genet

Johnston's genet (Genetta johnstoni) is a mammal from the Carnivora order, related to civets and linsangs in the family Viverridae. It is native to the African countries of Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Liberia.[1] It inhabits the region's rainforests, although a specimen was seen in other habitat, and the rarely sighted species is considered one of West Africa's least known small carnivores. Johnston's genet was only known from a few (mostly damaged) museum skins and skulls, until 2000 when the first live specimen was captured by Amy Dunham (scientist at Rice University) in Taï National Park, Ivory Coast [3]

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. ^ Dunham A & Gaubert P (2008). Gennetta johnstoni. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
  3. ^ Gaubert, P. et al (2002). "A reassessment of the distribution of the rare Genetta johnstoni (Viverridae, Carnivora) with some newly discovered specimens". Mammal Review 32: 132–144. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2907.2002.00102.x. 
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