Crested servaline genet

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Crested Servaline Genet[1]
Crested Servaline Genet Genetta cristata
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Viverridae
Genus: Genetta
Species: G. cristata
Binomial name
Genetta cristata
Hayman, 1940
Crested servaline genet range
Synonyms
  • bini Rosevear, 1974

The crested servaline genet (Genetta cristata), also simply known as the crested genet, is a mammal from the Carnivora order, family Viverridae. It is related to civets and linsangs. Its name comes from the small crest on the back of the animal's neck. This species of genet inhabits dry forests of south-eastern Nigeria.[2]. Its continued presence in southern Cameroon, and its presence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon are uncertain.[2]

The crested servaline Genet is considered vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, due to loss of habitat and over-hunting.[2] The Cross River State Forests are being converted into farms and wastelands while the Niger Delta is used as an oil-production area. Both of these regions are common areas where this genet is seen.[2]

Some authorities[who?] have considered this species to be a subspecies of the servaline genet (Genetta servalina), but it is now generally regarded as a full species on its own.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M., eds. (2005). "Genetta cristata". Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Van Rompaey H, Gaubert P & Hoffmann M (2008). Genetta cristata. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2008-10-13.

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