Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Nearly endemic to DR Congo, where confined to an area between the Congo, Lualaba and Oubangui Rivers (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). The status of this species is Uganda is unclear: Bere (1962) mentions its presence from the Semliki Forest, and skins of genet kittens from the Bwamba Forest in the Toro District of Uganda, an eastern extension of the Semliki Forest, seemed to be this species (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). Kingdon (1977) observed a specimen along a forest road in western Uganda. Gaubert et al. (2006) provide museum records that expand the range 500 km south, on the left bank of the Congo R. (but these are not mapped here). Recorded to 1,800 m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Occurs in lowland and medium-altitude rainforests (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). Two specimens identified as this species by Gaubert et al. (2006) from Kakanga and Mukulu, in southern DR Congo, apparently were collected in deciduous forest.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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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
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 Least Concern as the species has a relatively wide distribution range, is present in a region of mostly intact habitat, and appears to be common. It may be undergoing localized declines in some regions due to hunting.
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Population

Population
Patchily distributed, being quite abundant in some areas but absent in other areas where suitable habitat exists; for example, they are rare in the area between the Uma and Enano Rivers, east of Kisangani, and fairly common between Kisangani and Buta, and between the Aruwimi and Lindi Rivers (Schreiber et al. 1989).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats. They are hunted as bushmeat (Colyn et al. 1987) and skins are used to make hats and other ceremonial objects (Carpaneto and Germi 1989).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are records from the Ituri Forest and Okapi Faunal Reserve, and it probably occurs in several other protected areas in its range (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press).
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Wikipedia

Giant forest genet

The giant forest genet (Genetta victoriae), also known simply as the giant genet, is a species of carnivorous mammal, related to linsangs and civets. It can be found in Uganda, and parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is one of around 11 species of genet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Van Rompaey, H., Gaubert, P. & Hoffmann, M. (2008). Genetta victoriae. 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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