Crossarchus obscurus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Crossarchus obscurus
Species Authority: F.G. Cuvier, 1825
Common Name(s):
English Common Cusimanse, Long-nosed Cusimanse, Cusimanse
French Mangouste brune

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Dunham, A., Goldman, C. & Hoffmann, M.
Reviewer(s): Duckworth, J.W. (Small Carnivore Red List Authority) and Hoffmann, M. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern as they are relatively widely distributed in a variety of habitats, fairly common, and present in several protected areas.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Restricted to the rainforests of south-west and south-east Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana, and extending just east of R. Volta (Goldman and Dunham in press). Ranges to around 1,500 m asl on Mount Nimba in Guinea (Goldman and Dunham in press).
Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; Liberia; Sierra Leone
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Population [top]

Population: Common. Population density in riparian forest of Taï N.P. was estimated at 13.2 individuals/km² (Goldman and Dunham in press).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found primarily in dense undergrowth of rainforest, but also in farm bush, logged forest, and plantations. In Côte d’Ivoire, also found in humid savanna zone, and in gallery forests of savanna, and in Ghana found on the Accra Plain (observed foraging in a dry open area of grassland and thicket) (Goldman and Dunham in press).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats, but they may be vulnerable to hunting in some regions (e.g., Guinea, where they were one of the most commonly trapped small carnivores; Colyn et al. 2004).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: They are present in several protected areas across their range, including Mt. Sangbé, Maraouhé and Comoé National Parks in Côte d’Ivoire and Western Area Forest Reserve in Sierra Leone (Goldman and Dunham in press).

Citation: Dunham, A., Goldman, C. & Hoffmann, M. 2008. Crossarchus obscurus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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