Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Mammalia > Order: Carnivora > Family: Viverridae > Genus: Genetta > Species: Genetta genetta > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Genetta genetta isabelae Delibes, 1977 Stubbe M., & Krapp F. (1993)
Genetta genetta balearica Thomas, 1902 Fauna Europaea (2005)
Genetta genetta genetta (Linnaeus, 1758) Fauna Europaea (2005)
Genetta genetta rhodanica Matschie, 1902 Fauna Europaea (2005)

Common genet - Genetta genetta (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Good
Atlantic - Good
Continental - Good
Mediterranean - Good
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 1 other international agreement
Most preferred habitats
  • heathland and shrub
  • woodland and forest
May also occur in
  • agricultural mosaics
  • cropland
  • grassland
  • sparsely vegetated land
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code 1360


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

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IUCN Red List Category
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Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

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Natura 2000 sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Common genet English Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Europska cibetka Croatian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Geneta Portuguese Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Genetkat Dutch Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Genett Estonian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Genett Norwegian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Genett Swedish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Genetta Italian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Genette Danish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Genette commune French Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Genetti Finnish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Gínköttur Icelandic Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Jineta Spanish Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Kleinflecken-Ginsterkatze German Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Paprastoji geneta Lithuanian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
ùszaki petymeg Hungarian Mitchell-Jones, A.J. & al.
Synonym Author
Genetta afra Cuvier, 1825
Genetta melas Graells, 1897
Genetta rhodanica Matschie, 1902
Genetta terrasanctae Neumann, 1902
Genetta vulgaris Lesson, 1827
Genetta peninsulae Cabrera, 1905
Genetta bonaparti Loche, 1857
Genetta grantii Thomas, 1902
Genetta terraesanctae Neumann, 1902

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Habitats Directive Art. 17-2006 summary
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI National Center for Biotechnology Information
NOBANIS: Genetta genetta European Network on Invasive Alien Species
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

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