Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Carnivora Viverridae

Scientific Name: Genetta bourloni
Species Authority: Gaubert, 2003
Common Name(s):
English Bourlon's Genet
French Genette de Bourlon

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Gaubert, P. & Dunham, A.
Reviewer(s): Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Near Threatened as although the limits of the species' range are not well known, it is likely to be restricted to rainforest in the Upper Guinea forest region and the species is believed to have undergone a decline of more than 20% over the last three generations (assuming a generation length of seven years) based on estimates of ongoing forest loss (not as severe in Liberia, the core of the species' range, as elsewhere in Upper Guinea), coupled with the likely impacts of hunting. Almost qualifies as threatened under criterion A2cd.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Restricted to the Upper Guinean rainforests, in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Côte d’Ivoire (Gaubert 2003, in press). A specimen collected from Oda in Ghana in 1946 has been attributed to this species, but the true origin of this animal is in question (Gaubert in press).
Countries occurrence:
Côte d'Ivoire; Guinea; Liberia; Sierra Leone
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Population [top]

Population: There is limited information available on the population status of this species. It is known from 29 museum specimens, several having been recovered from bushmeat markets in south-eastern Guinea as recently as 2003 (Gaubert in press).
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: All localities from which the species has been recorded to date are from rainforest. There is no other information available on the biology of this species.
Systems: Terrestrial
Generation Length (years): 7

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat loss is likely to be a major threat, particularly if this species is restricted to rainforest as suspected, although Liberia still retains significant tracts of forest: forest loss in Liberia over the period 1984-2000 has recently been estimated at only 0.2% per annum, but was as much as 20% over the course of this 14-year period in neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire (Christie et al. 2007). Hunting is also a likely threat, as skins have been sighted in the bushmeat market of Man, Côte d’Ivoire (P. Gaubert and C. Crémière, pers. obs.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: In Guinea, recorded from the Classified Forests of Ziama and Diécké. Survey work in Taï N.P., adjacent to its current known range, has thus far failed to confirm the presence of the species (Gaubert in press). This is a species in need of further survey work in order to better assess the status of this species in the wild, and also to determine levels of offtake from the wild.

Citation: Gaubert, P. & Dunham, A. 2008. Genetta bourloni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T136223A4261697. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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