Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Occurs in rainforests of Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo Republic, and Central African Republic (Goldman in press). The specific locality of a specimen collected in Benin is uncertain and given as “Agouagou?”, which is well beyond the rainforest zone (Goldman in press). Not yet recorded from the rainforests of Gabon, but probably occurs. Ranges from sea level to ca. 1,600 m asl.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Found in undergrowth of rainforest, often near water. In Nigeria, they have been recorded in areas of fragmented forest mixed with farmland (Angelici et al. 1999) and as widespread in the Niger Delta, including the largely deforested lowland zone east of Orashi R. (Powell 1997).

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
Goldman, C. & 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 is relatively widespread, and possibly adaptable to somewhat disturbed habitats, there are no known major threats, and it is present in several protected areas.
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Population

Population
Although relatively widely distributed, they are probably not common anywhere in their range.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
No major threats, but, like other species of cusimanses, they are hunted for bushmeat (e.g., Juste et al. 1995).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
Present in several protected areas, including Monte Alen N.P. in Equatorial Guinea and Dzanga-Sangha Reserve in Central African Republic (Goldman in press).
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