Habitat and Ecology
Life History and Behavior
Lifespan, longevity, and ageing
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
- Least Concern (LC)
- 1996Lower Risk/least concern (LR/lc)
The servaline genet (Genetta servalina) is a species of carnivore of the family Viverridae, related to civets and linsangs. Like all genets, it appears outwardly feline, despite not being a close relative of the cat family.
A number of subspecies of servaline are recognised. These include:
- Lowe's servaline genet (G. s. lowei). For many years this was only known from the type specimen, a single pelt collected in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania, in 1932. It was rediscovered during a live trapping survey in 2000, and made the news in 2002 when it was photo-trapped in Udzungwa for the first time. It has since been caught in camera traps in the Uluguru and Nguru ranges, raising the possibility that it is even more widely distributed in Tanzania's Eastern Arc Mountains.
- The Zanzibar servaline genet (G. s. archeri) is endemic to Unguja Island, Zanzibar. It only became known to science in 1995 when a skin and skull were obtained in Kitogani village in south-central Unguja. A number of individuals were photo-trapped for the first time in January 2003 in nearby Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park.
- Van Rompaey, H., Gaubert, P., De Luca, D., Rovero, F. & Hoffmann, M. (2008). Genetta servalina. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 24 march 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern
- Rovero, F., Doggart, N., Bowkett, A. & Burgess, N. (2006). "New Records for Lowe's Servaline Genet from the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania". Oryx 40 (2): 139.
- Goldman, H. V. & Winther-Hansen, J. (2003). "The Small Carnivores of Unguja: Results of a Photo-trapping Survey in Jozani Forest Reserve, Zanzibar, Tanzania". Retrieved 2007-01-11.