Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa, ranging from north and east of the Volta R. east to Eritrea and Somalia (their presence in Djibouti is uncertain) and southwards to central Namibia and KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa (Angelici and Gaubert in press). Possibly present on Bioko I. Occurs to high elevations, up to 3,400 m in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia (Yalden et al. 1996).
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Physical Description

Type Information

Type for Genetta maculata
Catalog Number: USNM 182704
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Mammals
Sex/Stage: Male;
Preparation: Skin; Skull
Collector(s): E. Heller
Year Collected: 1911
Locality: Mount Gargues, N Creek, Kenya, Africa
Elevation (m): 1829
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Present in a variety of habitats, including rainforest, swampy areas, riverine vegetation, open and closed woodlands, moist forests, savanna-forest mosaics, thickets and even grassy savanna, but avoiding extremely dry savanna and truly arid regions (Angelici and Gaubert in press). Also occurs in cultivated areas, farmlands and suburban areas. A recent ecological study found that the presence of this species in Nigeria is positively correlated with ‘derived savanna’, ‘oil palm plantations’ and other altered habitats, but negatively correlated with various types of forests (Angelici and Luiselli 2005).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Life History and Behavior

Life Expectancy

Lifespan, longevity, and ageing

Maximum longevity: 20 years (captivity) Observations: One wild born specimen was about 20 years old when it died 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., Dunham, A. & 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 it is possible that they may be undergoing some localized declines in a few areas, they have a wide distribution range, occur in a variety of habitats, and are present in many protected areas on the continent.
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Population

Population
Relatively common, though its nocturnal and elusive habits mean that it may be infrequently recorded. In south-eastern Nigeria, sightings are not common, although it is rather common in bushmeat markets and frequently trapped by local hunters (Angelici et al. 1999a,b).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats to the species. However, they are recorded in bushmeat markets, and since they do have a bad reputation as poultry thieves, farmers sometimes poison or trap them; they are also occasionally killed by domestic cats and dogs (Angelici and Gaubert in press).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
They are present in several protected areas across the range.
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Wikipedia

Rusty-spotted genet

The rusty-spotted genet (Genetta maculata), also known as the panther genet, is a mammal from the Carnivora order that is related to linsangs and civets. It is widespread throughout a large part of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.

References

  1. ^ Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M., eds. (2005). "Genetta maculata". 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=14000397.
  2. ^ Gaubert, P., Dunham, A. & Hoffmann, M. (2008). Genetta maculata. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 24 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern
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