Genetta poensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Genetta poensis
Species Authority: Waterhouse, 1838
Common Name(s):
English King Genet
French Genette royale
Taxonomic Notes: This species has been considered synonymous with the West African Large-spotted Genet G. pardina (e.g., Crawford-Cabral 1980-81, Schlawe 1981, Grubb et al. 1998) or listed as a valid species (Rosevear 1974). It is here considered distinct following the evidence presented by Gaubert (2003a) and Gaubert et al. (2004). See Wozencraft (2005) and Gaubert (in press) for further discussion.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient 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)
Provisionally listed as Data Deficient since this species is known only from 10 museum specimens, with no records since 1946, and the habitat requirements and distribution range are not well known. Since the identification of genets to species-level is often tricky (and this species has long been considered synonymous with another form), it is likely that it will be shown to have a wider and more continuous distribution, and that a listing of Least Concern for this species will be appropriate.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Recorded from Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea (Bioko Isl.), and Congo Republic (Gaubert 2003a, in press).
Congo; Côte d'Ivoire; Equatorial Guinea; Ghana; Liberia
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on the population status of this species, but the scarcity of records suggest it is rare and localized. It is represented by 10 known specimens in collections, and has not been collected since 1946 (Gaubert 2003b, in press).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The localities from which the species has been collected to date suggest that it may be restricted to rainforest (Gaubert 2003a, in press).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats to this species are unclear, but hunting is a likely threat as most of the museum specimens were collected from local hunters or bushmeat markets (Gaubert in press).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known whether this species occurs in any protected areas.

Citation: Gaubert, P. & Dunham, A. 2008. Genetta poensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 September 2015.
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