Genetta piscivora


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Genetta piscivora
Species Authority: (J.A. Allen, 1919)
Common Name(s):
English Aquatic Genet
Osbornictis piscivora J.A. Allen, 1919
Taxonomic Notes: Traditionally included in the genus Osbornictis, but here treated in Genetta, since Gaubert et al. (2004) demonstrated that Osbornictis and Genetta are congeneric, in agreement with Verheyen (1962) and Stains (1983). For further discussion see Wozencraft (2005) and Gaubert (in press).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient 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)
Listed as Data Deficient as this is a poorly known species, with no reliable information on its current population status or precise limits of distribution, or the degree to which its particular habitat is threatened.
1996 Data Deficient

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Endemic to DR Congo, where patchily distributed from the right bank of the Congo R. eastward to the Rift Valley. There are, as yet, no confirmed records from Uganda (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). Occurs at elevations of 460 - 1,500 m asl.
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
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Population [top]

Population: Considered among the rarest of African carnivores, and known only from around 30 museum specimens. In 53 hunts in the Ituri Forest only two individuals (or 1.8% of all carnivores) were captured (Hart and Timm 1978).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A rainforest inhabitant, most specimens have been collected in forests dominated by Gilbertiodendron trees (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). Nearly all specimens were obtained from local hunters who caught them with snares usually put out on trails near small rivers (Van Rompaey 1988). Piscivorous.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Major threats are unclear, but they are hunted as bushmeat by the Bambuti pygmies; the meat is taboo to all, except male elders (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). It is not clear whether there are any pressing threats to its particular habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Given complete protection by the Congolese government (Ordinance No. 79-244 of 16 Oct 1979). Present in the Okapi Faunal Reserve. This species is certainly a priority for further survey work to better understand its ecology, distribution and population status.

Bibliography [top]

Gaubert, P. In press. Genus Genetta. In: J. S. Kingdon and M. Hoffmann (eds), The Mammals of Africa, Academic Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Gaubert, P., Tranier, M., Veron, G., Delmas, A. S. and Colyn, M. 2004. First molecular evidence for reassessing phylogenetic affinities between genets (Genetta) and the enigmatic genet-like taxa Osbornictis, Poiana and Prionodon (Carnivora, Viverridae). Zoologica Scripta 33: 117-129.

Hart, J. A. and Timm, R. M. 1978. Observations on the Aquatic Genet in Zaire. Carnivore 1: 130-132.

Stains, H. J. 1983. Calcanea of members of the Viverridae. Bulletin of the South California Academy of Science 82: 17-38.

Van Rompaey, H. 1988. Osbornictis piscivora. Mammalian Species 309: 1-4.

Van Rompaey, H. and Colyn, M. In press. Genetta piscivora. In: J. S. Kingdon and M. Hoffmann (eds), The Mammals of Africa, Academic Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Verheyen, W. 1962. Quelques notes sur la zoogéographie et la crâniologie d'Osbornictis piscivora Allen, 1919. Revue de Zoologie et de Botanique Africaines 65: 121-128.

Wozencraft, W.C. 2005. Order Carnivora. In: D.E. Wilson and D.M. Reeder (eds), Mammal Species of the World: A taxonomic and geographic reference. Third Edition, pp. 532-628. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, USA.

Citation: Van Rompaey, H., Gaubert, P. & Hoffmann, M. 2008. Genetta piscivora. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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