Pardine genet

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Pardine Genet[1]
Pardine Genet at WWP.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Viverridae
Genus: Genetta
Species: G. pardina
Binomial name
Genetta pardina
I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1832
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Pardine genet range
Synonyms
  • amer Gray, 1843
  • dubia Matschie, 1902
  • genettoides Temminck, 1853
  • pantherina Hamilton-Smith, 1842

The pardine genet (Genetta pardina), also known as the forest genet and the West African large spotted genet, is a mammal from the Carnivora order that is related to linsangs and civets.

Characteristics[edit]

This slender animal has a head and body length of approximately 50 cm (20 in) whilst its tail makes up a further 40 cm (16 in).

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This species is found in a wide range of habitats[2] in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.[1]

Ecology and behavior[edit]

Pardine genet showing its agile nature at Wingham Wildlife Park

Whilst this carnivore is an excellent hunter they have also on occasion been seen to scavenge for food, with this behavior not being limited to carcasses but also including fruits and food taken from human housing.

This fairly solitary species is very adept at climbing.

Threats[edit]

In the wild this species covers a relatively wide range through much of West Africa, and can be found in a variety of habitats. Due to their ability to adapt it is currently classed as Least Concern on the IUCN redlist, however there are concerns that this may change in the future due to continued hunting by humans (turning up occasionally in bush meat markets).[2]

In Captivity[edit]

This species is kept in captivity, and has in some cases been kept in the exotic pet trade. Their relatively small size and beautiful looks make them a popular animal to observe in a captive setting, however in zoos it is currently only found in the Wingham Wildlife Park in the UK.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M., eds. (2005). "Genetta pardina". Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ a b c Gaubert, P. & Dunham, A. (2008). Genetta pardina. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 8 June 2010. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern
  3. ^ "Wingham Wildlife Park Animal A - Z Pardine Genet". Wingham Wildlife Park. Retrieved 2014-09-07.