Aquatic Genet

The Aquatic Genet (Genetta piscivora), is a carnivorous mammal from northeastern Zaire. They are related to civets and linsangs. Like most members of its family, it is a secretive and rarely seen species, and little is known about its behavior in the wild.

Unlike other genets which have handsomely spotted coats and ringed tails, the Aquatic Genet has a plain, rusty-colored coat, and a black tail, with white spots behind its eyes. It feeds primarily on fish, which it attracts by tapping the surface of the water of rainforest streams. Its paws are hairless, an adaptation for catching fish. Despite its diet, and common name, it is not a good swimmer.