Bdeogale nigripes


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Bdeogale nigripes
Species Authority: Pucheran, 1855
Common Name(s):
English Black-footed Mogoose, Black-legged Mongoose

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. & 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 is widespread in a region of relatively intact habitat, and although subject to hunting and habitat loss is not believed to be declining fast enough to warrant listing in a higher category of threat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Found only in the Central African rainforests from the Cross R. westward to Cameroon and Central African Republic and southward to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo Republic, and DR Congo, north of the Congo R. eastwards to the Rift Valley in eastern DR Congo (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). The presence of this species in Angola was rejected by Crawford-Cabral (1989). Ranges to 1,000 m asl.
Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Nigeria
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Population [top]

Population: Considered rare or very rare by several authors, but more common in the east and south of its range (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press). In the Ituri Forest, DR Congo, this species made up one-quarter of all carnivores hunted by Bambuti pygmies with dogs (Hart and Timm 1978).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Dense ground-scrub in deep, tall, deciduous forest. Not usually found in disturbed forest (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats, although numbers probably are declining as a result of forest fragmentation and forest loss from logging, mining, and slash-and-burn farming, and to a lesser degree from bushmeat hunting (Van Rompaey and Colyn in press).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Present in several protected areas, including Dzangha-Sangha in Central African Republic and Okapi Faunal Reserve in DR Congo.

Bibliography [top]

Crawford-Cabral, J. 1987. Distributional data and notes on Angolan carnivores (Mammalia: Carnivora). I - Small and median-sized species. Garcia de Orta, Serie de Zoologia, Lisboa 14(2): 3-27.

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

Citation: Van Rompaey, H. & Hoffmann, M. 2008. Bdeogale nigripes. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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