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Genetta tigrina (Cape Genet; large-spotted genet)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Cape genet (Genetta tigrina), also known as the South African large-spotted genet, is a small carnivoran endemic to South Africa. As it is common and not threatened, it is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.Like other genets, it is nocturnal and arboreal, preferring to live in the riparian zones of forests, as long as these are not marshy areas.
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Genetta tigrina methi (Large-spotted genet)
Genetta tigrina tigrina (Large-spotted genet)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 8.97
EDGE Score: 2.3


Adult Weight [1]  4.01 lbs (1.82 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  72 grams
Female Maturity [1]  4 years
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates)
Diet - Ectothermic [2]  20 %
Diet - Endothermic [2]  70 %
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  10 %
Forages - Arboreal [2]  100 %
Gestation [1]  70 days
Litter Size [1]  3
Litters / Year [1]  2
Maximum Longevity [1]  21 years
Nocturnal [2]  Yes
Weaning [1]  59 days


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Albany thickets South Africa Afrotropic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Drakensberg montane grasslands, woodlands and forests South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho Afrotropic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Knysna-Amatole montane forests South Africa Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
KwaZulu-Cape coastal forest mosaic South Africa Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Lowland fynbos and renosterveld South Africa Afrotropic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Maputaland coastal forest mosaic Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Maputaland-Pondoland bushland and thickets South Africa Afrotropic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Montane fynbos and renosterveld South Africa Afrotropic Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Southern Africa bushveld Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Zambezian and Mopane woodlands South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia, Malawi Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve 934651 Western Cape, South Africa
East Usambara Biosphere Reserve 222395 Tanzania  
Garamba National Park II 1237963 Democratic Republic of the Congo  
Golden Gate Highlands National Park II 28689 Free State, South Africa
Kahuzi-Biéga National Park II 1647768 Democratic Republic of the Congo  
Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve II 256073 Western Cape, South Africa  
Kruger National Park II 4718115 Mpumalanga, South Africa
Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve   Mpumalanga, South Africa  
Lake Manyara National Park II 78767 Tanzania  
Lake Nakuru National Park II 46472 Kenya  
Mahale Mountains National Park II 398414 Tanzania
Malolotja Nature Reserve IV 42044 Swaziland  
Mlawula Nature Reserve IV 46444 Swaziland  
Moremi Game Reserve IV 1214686 Botswana  
Mount Kenya Biosphere Reserve II 146694 Kenya
Nechisar National Park II 256137 Ethiopia  
Nouabalï-Ndoki National Park II 1013529 Congo  
Parc National d'Odzala National Park II 3423581 Congo  
Parc National de la Comoe National Park II 2902593 Côte d'Ivoire  
Parc National de Tai National Park II 1085310 Côte d'Ivoire  
Queen Elizabeth National Park II 522052 Uganda
Reserve de la Biosphere de la Pendjari Biosphere Reserve 217453 Benin  
Takamanda National Park II 167041 Cameroon  
Tsitsikamma National Park II 34343 Southern Cape, South Africa  
West Caprivi Game Reserve Game Park VI 1448182 Namibia  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Cape Floristic Region South Africa No
Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland No

Prey / Diet

Gerbillurus paeba (hairy-footed gerbil)[3]
Otomys angoniensis (Angoni vlei rat)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Asio capensis (Marsh Owl)1
Atilax paludinosus (Marsh Mongoose)1
Bitis arietans (Puff Adder)1
Bubo africanus (Spotted Eagle-Owl)2
Canis adustus (Side-striped Jackal)1
Canis mesomelas (Black-backed Jackal)2
Civettictis civetta (African Civet)1
Elanus caeruleus (Black-winged Kite)1
Herpestes ichneumon (Egyptian Mongoose)1
Leptailurus serval (Serval)1
Tyto alba (Barn Owl)1
Tyto capensis (Grass Owl)1


Parasitized by 
Ancylostoma caninum[5]
Aphropsylla conversa[6]
Ctenocephalides craterus[6]
Ctenocephalides felis strongylus[6]
Dinopsyllus lypusus[6]
Diplopylidium paurodex <Unverified Name>[5]
Dirofilaria genettae <Unverified Name>[5]
Dirofilaria repens <Unverified Name>[5]
Joyeuxiella paucitestis <Unverified Name>[5]
Mycobacterium bovis (Bovine tuberculosis)[7]
Physaloptera canis <Unverified Name>[5]
Rictularia leiperi[5]
Taenia parva[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Kazan Zoological & Botanical Garden
Kyiv Zoological Park
Leningrad Zoo - St. Petersburg
Memphis Zoological Garden & Aquarium
Nikolaev Zoo of Nikolaev-City Council
Novosibirsk Zoological Park
Permskii Zoologicheskii Sad
Silesian Zoological Garden
Zoo of Antwerp
Zoologicka zahrada Liberec

Range Map

Africa; Takamanda Forest Reserve;



Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Gerbillurus paeba, Michael R. Perrin, Edith R. Dempster, and Colleen T. Downs, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 606, pp. 1-6 (1999)
4Otomys angoniensis, G. N. Bronner and J. A. J. Meester, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 306, pp. 1-6 (1988)
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
6International Flea Database
7Nunn, C. L., and S. Altizer. 2005. The Global Mammal Parasite Database: An Online Resource for Infectious Disease Records in Wild Primates. Evolutionary Anthroplogy 14:1-2.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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