Johnston's genet

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Johnston's Genet[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Viverridae
Subfamily: Viverrinae
Genus: Genetta
Species: G. johnstoni
Binomial name
Genetta johnstoni
(Pocock, 1908)
Johnston's Genet area.png
Johnston's genet range
(green - extant,
pink - probably extant)
Synonyms
  • lehmanni Kuhn, 1960

Johnston's genet (Genetta johnstoni) is a mammal from the Carnivora order, related to civets and linsangs in the family Viverridae. It is native to the African countries of Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Liberia.[1] It inhabits the region's rainforests, although a specimen was seen in other habitat, and the rarely sighted species is considered one of West Africa's least known small carnivores. Johnston's genet was only known from a few (mostly damaged) museum skins and skulls, until 2000 when the first live specimen was captured by Amy Dunham (scientist at Rice University) in Taï National Park, Ivory Coast [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 532–628. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ Dunham A & Gaubert P (2008). Gennetta johnstoni. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
  3. ^ Gaubert, P. et al (2002). "A reassessment of the distribution of the rare Genetta johnstoni (Viverridae, Carnivora) with some newly discovered specimens". Mammal Review 32: 132–144. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2907.2002.00102.x.