Angolan Genet, Genetta angolensis

The Angolan genet (Genetta angolensis) is one of fourteen species of genet, carnivores that are related to linsangs and civets. It is native to Angola, occurring in a range that includes Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Malawi, among other regions. The Angolan genet has a conservation status of “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

The Angolan genet is dark reddish grey in color, with dark spots appearing across its body and a black stripe running from the skull to the base of the tail. This line of fur can be arched like mane when the genet feels threatened, and can reach a length of up to two inches. Its distinct long, bushy tail is ringed with dark stripes. The fur around the eyes and mouth is white, while the fur on the muzzle is black. Additional markings include five rows of spots that appear on the sides of the neck.

As is typical to all viverrids, the musk glands of the Angolan genet are well developed to mark territory. Its body structure is lean and strong, and each genet has forty teeth. Females carry four teats, while males carry none.

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