Angolan genet

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Angolan genet
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Viverridae
Genus: Genetta
Species: G. angolensis
Binomial name
Genetta angolensis
Bocage, 1882
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Angolan genet range
  • hintoni Schwarz, 1929
  • mossambica Matschie, 1902

The Angolan genet (Genetta angolensis) is a genet that is also called Miombo genet. It is indigenous in Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is considered common in these countries and therefore listed as Least Concern in the IUCN Red List.[1][2]


The Angolan genet has long light brown coloured fur with dark spots and a continuous dark crested line across the back. Its throat and chest are light grey to greyish black. It has small spots on the front and shoulders. The spots are more numerous and slightly bigger on the sides. In head-to-body length it ranges from 44 to 48 cm (17 to 19 in). Its bushy 38 to 43 cm (15 to 17 in) long tail is ringed with a dark tip. Its legs are dark at the back.[3][4]

It has a dark grey face, a black muzzle and is white around the eyes and mouth. Its crest on the back is up to 6 cm (2.4 in) long.[5]


  1. ^ a b Gaubert, P., Crawford-Cabral, J. & Hoffmann, M. (2008). "Genetta angolensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. 
  2. ^ Wozencraft, W.C. (2005). "Genetta angolensis". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 554. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  3. ^ Gaubert, P., Taylor, P. J., & Veron, G. (2005). Integrative taxonomy and phylogenetic systematics of the genets (Carnivora, Viverridae, Genetta): a new classification of the most speciose carnivoran genus in Africa. In: Huber, B. A., Sinclair, B. J., Lampe, K.-H. (eds.) African Biodiversity: Molecules, Organisms, Ecosystems. Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium of Tropical Biology, Museum König, Bonn. Springer. Pp. 371–383.
  4. ^ Foley, C., Foley, L., Lobora, A., De Luca, D., Msuha, M., Davenport, T. R., & Durant, S. M. (2014). A Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Tanzania. Princeton University Press.
  5. ^ White, P. (2000)."Genetta angolensis" Angolan genet. Animal Diversity Web.