Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to central Africa, where it is confined to rainforest in DR Congo limited in the north by the Ubangi River and in the south by the Kasai River. It is also present in western Uganda.A disjunct population lives on the slopes (between 1,500 and 2,900 m asl) of Mt Elgon, Uganda (Van Rompaey and Colyn 2013). As suggested by Ray (2001), it occurs in southwestern Central African Republic (Sonetet al.2014, T. Aebischer and R. Hickisch pers. comm. 2014).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It inhabits lowland and montane rainforest. It is commonly found near villages in the Ituri Forest (Rayin Van Rompaey and Colyn 2013).

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2015

Assessor/s
Angelici, F.M. & Do Linh San, E.

Reviewer/s
Duckworth, J.W. & Hoffmann, M.

Contributor/s
Hoffmann, M.

Justification
This species is listed as Least Concern as it is widespread and apparently common in an area of relatively little-encroached habitat, and there are no major threats (although this species is probably declining because ofhunting and habitat loss).

History
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • 1996
    Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)
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Population

Population
Although there is no direct information on abundance, it is common in bushmeat markets in northeastern DR Congo (Colyn et al. 1987) suggesting that it is widespread and abundant in this region. In the Ituri Forest, Bambuti pygmies captured this species with greater frequency than other carnivores (Hart and Timm 1978).

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats, but numbers are probably declining due to habitat loss and bushmeat hunting. The Mt Elgon population also may be threatened by hunting and habitat degradation (Kingdon 1997).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is present in several protected areas, although the degree of protection varies.
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