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SPECIES Genetta maculata

Author:Gray, 1830.
Citation:Spicil. Zool., 2: 9.
Common Name:Rusty-spotted Genet
Type Locality:"in Africa Boreali". Subsequently redefined by Gaubert et al. (2003b) as "6 km from Hirna (Harrar Road, 2180m), Ethiopia", following designation of a neotype.
Distribution:Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Dem. Rep. Congo, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea (incl. Bioko), Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Status:IUCN Lower Risk (lc).
Comments:Traditionally recognized as G. rubiginosa Pucheran, 1855; this form is attributed to G. thierryi (see Schlawe, 1980a, 1981; Crawford-Cabral and Pacheco, 1992). Gaubert et al. (2003a, b) proposed that rubiginosa Pucheran, 1855 is a nomen oblitum. Synonyms allocated according to Roberts (1951), Crawford-Cabral and Pacheco (1992) and Gaubert et al. (2003a, b). Rosevear (1974) believed that V. maculata Gray (1830) was invalid, but see Schlawe (1980a, 1981) who defended its use. See Gaubert et al. (2003a, b) for usage of the name V. maculata Gray, 1830. Crawford-Cabral (1981a) and Ansell (1978) placed genets west of the Dahomey Gap in pardina and southern and eastern populations in rubiginosa (=maculata) (except for the extreme southern tigrina), which is followed here. G. schoutedeni Crawford-Cabral, 1970 and suahelica Matschie, 1902 should probably best be considered incertae sedis.
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Synonyms:

    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

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