Poiana (genus)

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Viverridae
Subfamily: Viverrinae
Genus: Poiana
Gray, 1864

Poiana is a genus within the viverrid family that was denominated and first described by John Edward Gray in 1864.[2] At present, this genus is defined as comprising two species native to Africa: the African linsang (Poiana richardsonii) and Leighton's linsang (Poiana leightoni).[3]


  1. ^ 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. ^ Gray, J. E. (1864). A revision of the genera and species of viverrine animals (Viverridae), founded on the collection in the British Museum. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London for the year 1864: 502–579.
  3. ^ Rosevear, D. R. (1974). The carnivores of West Africa. Publication No. 723, British Museum (Natural History), London.