Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Carnivora Viverridae

Scientific Name: Genetta tigrina
Species Authority: (Schreber, 1776)
Common Name(s):
English Cape Genet, South African Large-spotted Genet, Cape Large-spotted Genet
French Genette à grandes taches d'Afrique du Sud
Taxonomic Notes: Until recently considered conspecific with the Central African Large-spotted Genet G. maculata (Coetzee 1977, Meester et al. 1986), but here considered distinct based on evidence provided by Crawford-Cabral (1980-81), Crawford-Cabral and Pacheco (1992), Schlawe (1981), and Gaubert (2003) (see Wozencraft 2005 and Gaubert (in press) for further discussion).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Gaubert, P. & Hoffmann, M.
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 range, appears to be common, there are no major threats, and it is present in several protected areas across its range.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to South Africa, in higher rainfall areas from the Western Cape to southern KwaZulu-Natal, south of 32ºS, and to the neighbouring Lesotho border (Gaubert in press).
Countries occurrence:
Lesotho; South Africa
Range Map: Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population: There is no information on their abundance, but they are not uncommon.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Mostly in well-watered zones in wooded or dense habitats such as fynbos and forests in the Western and Eastern Cape; sometimes found in exotic scrub as well as open grasslands during foraging activities (Stuart 1981).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats. They are sometimes killed by farmers in retaliation for predation on small domestic stock and poultry, which could have an affect on numbers in some areas (Stuart 1990).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: They are present in several protected areas throughout its range, such as West Coast N.P. and Kammanassie Mountain State F.R. (Gaubert in press).

Citation: Gaubert, P. & Hoffmann, M. 2008. Genetta tigrina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T41702A10534593. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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