Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Carnivora Viverridae

Scientific Name: Genetta thierryi
Species Authority: Matschie, 1902
Common Name(s):
English Hausa Genet
French Genette de Villiers

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.
Reviewer(s): Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern as the species has a relatively wide distribution range in West Africa, occurs in a variety of habitats, and is not believed to be declining at a rate fast enough to warrant listing in a higher category of threat. However, with the availability of further information, specifically on the adaptability of this species to disturbed habitats, and given the impact of hunting, this species may require reassessment.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to Africa, sparsely distributed from Gambia and Guinea-Bissau to Cameroon; the easterly limit of distribution requires clarification (Gaubert and Dunham in press).
Countries occurrence:
Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Côte d'Ivoire; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea-Bissau; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo
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Population [top]

Population: Rare, but possibly common in some areas (Gaubert and Dunham in press). Hoppe-Dominik (1990) stated that the species was widespread throughout its range, but provided no evidence.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Inhabits moist and dry savannas with open woodlands. However, specimens also have been collected and sighted in moist woodlands (Guinea-Bissau), rainforest (Sierra Leone, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire) and dry wooded steppes (Senegal)(Gaubert and Dunham in press).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats. However, the species has been reported from bushmeat markets throughout its range. In the past, there has also been some international traffic for their skins or as pets, although there is no record of this species (or any other genet for that matter) in commercial trade reported to CITES for the period 1995-2005 (Gaubert and Dunham in press).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Present in several protected areas across its range.

Citation: Gaubert, P. & Dunham, A. 2008. Genetta thierryi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T41701A10534027. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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