Genetta maculata


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Genetta maculata
Species Authority: (Gray, 1830)
Common Name(s):
English Central African Large-spotted Genet, Panther Genet, Rusty-spotted Genet
Taxonomic Notes: For discussion on the complicated taxonomic history of this taxon see Wozencraft (2005) and Angelici and Gaubert (in press).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Gaubert, P., Dunham, A. & Hoffmann, M.
Reviewer(s): Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern as although it is possible that they may be undergoing some localized declines in a few areas, they have a wide distribution range, occur in a variety of habitats, and are present in many protected areas on the continent.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa, ranging from north and east of the Volta R. east to Eritrea and Somalia (their presence in Djibouti is uncertain) and southwards to central Namibia and KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa (Angelici and Gaubert in press). Possibly present on Bioko I. Occurs to high elevations, up to 3,400 m in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia (Yalden et al. 1996).
Angola (Angola); Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Gabon; Ghana; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; Niger; Nigeria; Rwanda; South Africa; South Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Togo; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: Relatively common, though its nocturnal and elusive habits mean that it may be infrequently recorded. In south-eastern Nigeria, sightings are not common, although it is rather common in bushmeat markets and frequently trapped by local hunters (Angelici et al. 1999a,b).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Present in a variety of habitats, including rainforest, swampy areas, riverine vegetation, open and closed woodlands, moist forests, savanna-forest mosaics, thickets and even grassy savanna, but avoiding extremely dry savanna and truly arid regions (Angelici and Gaubert in press). Also occurs in cultivated areas, farmlands and suburban areas. A recent ecological study found that the presence of this species in Nigeria is positively correlated with ‘derived savanna’, ‘oil palm plantations’ and other altered habitats, but negatively correlated with various types of forests (Angelici and Luiselli 2005).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to the species. However, they are recorded in bushmeat markets, and since they do have a bad reputation as poultry thieves, farmers sometimes poison or trap them; they are also occasionally killed by domestic cats and dogs (Angelici and Gaubert in press).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: They are present in several protected areas across the range.

Citation: Gaubert, P., Dunham, A. & Hoffmann, M. 2008. Genetta maculata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2014.
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