Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Carnivora Mustelidae

Scientific Name: Ictonyx striatus
Species Authority: (Perry, 1810)
Common Name(s):
English Zorilla, Striped Polecat, Striped Weasel
French Zorille commun

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Stuart, C., Stuart, T. & Hoffmann, M.
Reviewer(s): Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern as they are common across their wide distribution, present in numerous protected areas, and there are no major threats to the species.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has a wide distribution, ranging south of the Sahara from Mauritania and Senegal in the west to Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti in the east and south to South Africa (Stuart and Stuart in press). They occur from sea level to more than 4,000 m on Mt Kenya (Young and Evans 1993).
Countries occurrence:
Angola (Angola); Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Djibouti; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Kenya; Lesotho; Malawi; Mali; Mauritania; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Rwanda; Senegal; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: Common, and easily overlooked as they are difficult to trap. Hendrichs (1972) estimated density at one individual per 5-10 km² in East Africa.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species exhibits a wide habitat tolerance, being found in open grassland, savanna woodland, thornbush, rocky areas, forest and even desert (provided there is some scrub cover), but absent from the forests of the Congo basin and West Africa (Stuart and Stuart in press). They occur in agricultural areas, including, for example, exotic plantations in KwaZulu-Natal and pastoral areas of the Kenyan highlands (Stuart and Stuart in press). Carnivorous, with insects predominating in their diet.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to the species. They are sometimes killed for preying on poultry, and in some areas may be undergoing local declines due to increasing rural human populations and predation by domestic dogs (Stuart and Stuart in press).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: They are present in numerous protected areas.

Citation: Stuart, C., Stuart, T. & Hoffmann, M. 2008. Ictonyx striatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T41646A10527451. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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