|Scientific Name:||Genetta tigrina|
|Species Authority:||(Schreber, 1776)|
|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).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|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.
|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).|
Native:Lesotho; South Africa
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|Population:||There is no information on their abundance, but they are not uncommon.|
|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).|
|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:||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).|
Coetzee, C.G. 1977. Order Carnivora. Part 8. In: J. Meester and H.W. Setzer (eds), The Mammals of Africa: An Identification Manual, pp. 1-42. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, USA.
Crawford-Cabral, J. 1980. The classification of the genets (Carnivora, Viverridae, genus Genetta). Boletim da Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências Naturais 20: 97-114.
Crawford-Cabral, J. and Pacheco, A.P. 1992. Are the Large-spotted and the Rusty-spotted genets separate species (Carnivora, Viverridae, genus Genetta)? Garcia de Orta, Série de Zoologia, Lisboa 16: 7-17.
Gaubert, P. 2003. Description of a new species of genet (Carnivora; Viverridae; genus Genetta) and taxonomic revision of forest forms related to the Large-spotted Genet complex. Mammalia 67: 85-108.
Gaubert, P. 2013. Genetta tigrina Cape Genet. In: J. Kingdon and M. Hoffmann (eds), The Mammals of Africa. V. Carnivores, Pangolins, Equids and Rhinoceroses, pp. 247-249. Bloomsbury, London, UK.
Meester, J.A.J., Rautenbach, I.L., Dippenaar, N.J. and Baker, C.M. 1986. Classification of Southern African Mammals. Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, South Africa.
Schlawe, L. 1981. Material, Fundorte, Text- und Bildquellen als Grundlagen für eine Artenliste zur Revision der Gattung Genetta G. Cuvier, 1816. Zoologische Abhandlungen (Dresden) 37: 85-182.
Stuart, C.T. 1981. Notes on the mammalian carnivores of the Cape Province, South Africa. Bontebok 1: 1-58.
Stuart, C.T. 1990. The conservation status of mustelids and viverrids in Southern Africa. Small Carnivore Conservation 3: 16.
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:||Gaubert, P. & Hoffmann, M. 2008. Genetta tigrina. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.|
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