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Genetta victoriae

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CARNIVORA VIVERRIDAE

Scientific Name: Genetta victoriae
Species Authority: Thomas, 1901
Common Name(s):
English Giant Genet

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Van Rompaey, H., Gaubert, P. & Hoffmann, M.
Reviewer(s): Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Justification:
Listed as Least Concern as the species has a relatively wide distribution range, is present in a region of mostly intact habitat, and appears to be common. It may be undergoing localized declines in some regions due to hunting.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Nearly endemic to DR Congo, where confined to an area between the Congo, Lualaba and Oubangui Rivers (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). The status of this species is Uganda is unclear: Bere (1962) mentions its presence from the Semliki Forest, and skins of genet kittens from the Bwamba Forest in the Toro District of Uganda, an eastern extension of the Semliki Forest, seemed to be this species (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). Kingdon (1977) observed a specimen along a forest road in western Uganda. Gaubert et al. (2006) provide museum records that expand the range 500 km south, on the left bank of the Congo R. (but these are not mapped here). Recorded to 1,800 m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
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Population [top]

Population: Patchily distributed, being quite abundant in some areas but absent in other areas where suitable habitat exists; for example, they are rare in the area between the Uma and Enano Rivers, east of Kisangani, and fairly common between Kisangani and Buta, and between the Aruwimi and Lindi Rivers (Schreiber et al. 1989).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in lowland and medium-altitude rainforests (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). Two specimens identified as this species by Gaubert et al. (2006) from Kakanga and Mukulu, in southern DR Congo, apparently were collected in deciduous forest.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats. They are hunted as bushmeat (Colyn et al. 1987) and skins are used to make hats and other ceremonial objects (Carpaneto and Germi 1989).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are records from the Ituri Forest and Okapi Faunal Reserve, and it probably occurs in several other protected areas in its range (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press).

Citation: Van Rompaey, H., Gaubert, P. & Hoffmann, M. 2008. Genetta victoriae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 November 2014.
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