Genetta poensis Waterhouse, 1838:59

King genet



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1946

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient


Okiwelu et al. (2008) reports buying a specimen of the "Forest Genet" (Genetta poensis) from a bush market in Nigeria for the specific purpose of counting insect numbers on the carcass until skeletonization. However, given the different common name, disparate geographical origin of this specimen, and the fact that the last known specimen of the King Genet was putatively seen in 1946, this identification is probably erroneous.



Congo, Equatorial Guinea (Bioko Island), Ghana and Liberia


Biology & Ecology




The King genet is generally stated as being known only from 10 specimens (e.g. Gaubert & Dunham, 2008). However, (Gaubert, 2003) lists 11 specimens, and so the exact number of specimens needs to be confirmed:


Holotype: BMNH (skin, sex unspecified)


Other specimens:

MNHN 1894-263 (skull)

MNHN 1897-508 (skin and skull)

MNHN 1908-58 (skin)

BMNH (juvenile; skin)

BMNH 1938.7.25.5 (skin and skull)

BMNH 46.394 (skin and skull)

BMNH 46.396 (skin and skull)

MFNB 6407 (skin and skull)

MFNB 59101 (skull)

BMNH 39.686 (skin)






Crawford-Cabral, J. (1981). A new classification of the genets. African Small Mammal Newsletter 6: 8-10.

Gaubert, Philippe. (2003). Description of a new species of genet (Carnivora; Viverridae; genus Genetta) and taxonomic revision of forest forms related to the Large-spotted Genet complex. Mammalia 67: 85-108.

Gaubert, Philippe and Dunham, A. (2008). Genetta poensis. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. ( Downloaded on 28 October 2011.

Gaubert, Philippe, Taylor, Peter J. and Veron, Geraldine. (2005). Integrative Taxonomy and Phylogenetic Systematics of the Genets (Carnivora, Viverridae, Genetta): A New Classification of the Most Speciose Carnivoran Genus in Africa, pp. 371-383. In: B. A. Huber, B. J. Sinclair and K-H. Lampe (eds.). African Biodiversity: Molecules, Organisms, Ecosystems. Proc. 5th Intern. Symp. Trop. Biol., Museum Koenig, Bonn.

Gaubert, P., M. Tranier, G. Veron, D. Kock, A. E. Dunham, P. J. Taylor, C. Stuart, T. Stuart, and C. W. [sic] Wozencraft. 2003a. Nomenclatural comments on the Rusty-spotted genet (Carnivora, Viverridae) and designation of a neotype. Zootaxa, 160:1-14.

Grubb, P., T. S. Jones, A. G. Davies, E. Edberg, E. D. Starin, and J. E. Hill. 1998. Mammals of Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia. The Trendrine Press, Cornwall, 265 pp.

Happold, D. C. D. 1987. The mammals of Nigeria. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 402 pp.

Jeannin, A. 1936. Les mammiféres sauvages du Cameroun. Encyclopedie Biologique, 16:116-130.

Okiwelu, S. N., Ikpamii, T. and Umeozor, O. C. (2008). Arthropods Associated with Mammalian Carcasses in Rivers State, Nigeria. African Journal of Biomedical Research 11: 339-342.

Papes, M. and Gaubert, P. (2007). Modelling ecological niches from low numbers of occurrences: assessment of the conservation status of poorly known viverrids (Mammalia, Carnivora) across two continents. Diversity and Distributions 13: 890-902.

Pocock, R. I. (1907). Report upon a Small Collection of Mammalia brought from Liberia by Mr. Leonard Leighton.Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 77: 1037–1047. [Abstract]

Rosevear, D. R. 1974. The carnivores of West Africa. Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History), London, 723:1-548.

Schlawe, L. 1981. Material, Fundort, Text- und Bildquellen als Grundlagen fur eine Artenliste zur Revision der Gattung Genetta G. Cuvier, 1816 (Mammalia, Carnivora, Viverridae). Zoologische Abhandlungen Staatliches Museum für Tierkunde in Dresden, 37(4):85-182.

Wozencraft, W. C. 1993. Order Carnivora. Pp. 279-348, in Mammal species of the world, a taxonomic and geographic reference, Second ed. (D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder, eds.). Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C. 1207 pp.


<< Back to the Carnivora database