Central African oyan
|Central African oyan|
|Central African oyan range|
The Central African oyan’s body is slender and long, with an elongated head and a pointed muzzle. Its fur is yellowish to reddish brown with darker spots on the back and flanks. Its throat and belly are lighter in colour and without spots. Its tail has 9 to 14 dark rings. Its body is 33–43 cm (13–17 in) long, and the tail about the same length. Its legs are short, and the soles of its feet hairy. Females are slightly smaller than males.
Distribution and habitat
The Central African oyan is endemic to Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo east to the Albertine Rift. It lives in lowland and montane tropical rainforests. In Gabon, a camera-trap recorded an individual on the forest floor. In Gabon’s Moukalaba-Doudou National Park, it was also recorded only in forested areas.
Behaviour and ecology
The Central African oyan was first described in 1842 as Genetta richardsonii by T. R. H. Thomson based on a zoological specimen collected in Fernando Po. In 1864, John Edward Gray subordinated it to the genus Poiana.
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