Rusty-spotted genet

Rusty-spotted genet
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Viverridae
Genus: Genetta
Species: G. maculata
Binomial name
Genetta maculata[2]
(Gray, 1830)
Rusty-spotted genet range
  • aequatorialis Heuglin, 1866
  • albiventris Roberts, 1932
  • deorum Funaioli and Simonetta, 1960
  • erlangeri Matschie, 1902
  • fieldiana Du Chaillu, 1860
  • gleimi Matschie, 1902
  • insularis Cabrera, 1921
  • letabae Thomas and Schwann, 1906
  • matschiei Neumann, 1902
  • pumila Hollister, 1916
  • schoutedeni Crawford-Cabral, 1970
  • schraderi Matschie, 1902
  • soror Schwarz, 1929
  • stuhlmanni Matschie, 1902
  • suahelica Matschie, 1902
  • zambesiana Matschie, 1902
  • zuluensis Roberts, 1924

The rusty-spotted genet (Genetta maculata) is a genet, also called panther genet and large-spotted genet, is widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa. It is considered common and therefore listed as Least Concern in the IUCN Red List.[1]


The rusty-spotted genet has short whitish grey to pale yellow coloured fur with dark spots and a continuous dark line across the back. The spots of the upper two dorsal rows are round or square, brown in the center and darker outside. In head-to-body length it ranges from 42 to 52 cm (17 to 20 in). Its 40 to 53 cm (16 to 21 in) long tail is ringed and has a dark tip. Its feet are of the same colour as the fur. It weighs from 1.3 to 3 kg (2.9 to 6.6 lb).[3][4]


  1. 1 2 Angelici, F.M.; Gaubert, P. & Do Linh San, E. (2016). "Genetta maculata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  2. Wozencraft, W.C. (2005). "Genetta maculata". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 556. 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.

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