Small spotted genet or feline genet?
Good day everyone,
This is the first time I post something on this website. I’m new, although following this website for a while. I’m a birdwatcher but last years more and more interested in mammals.
Last November we went to Namibia. In Okonjima (Africat founfation) there is a night hide (there are putting some food in the night), where we saw honey badger and porcupine but also as the guide called a “small spotted genet” or common genet. We don’t have pictures as it was hiding in a tree but back to our camping we realized that there is also a subspecies, now considered by some as a species and called feline genet. The problem with a lot of guides is that they don’t take into account subspecies or possible splits. Feline Genet seems to be widespread in Namibia. Small spotted genet is only occuring in a part of Namibia (unless of course feline genet still considered as a subspecies of small spotted genet). I’m trying to find out whether we saw a small spotted genet or a feline genet, and of course without pictures it is almost impossible. Based on the guide the Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals both should occur in Namibia but when surfing on the net, I don’t find useful information about feline genet in Namibia. The guide spoke about small spotted genet but most guides don’t take subspecies and splits into account so I’m really wondering what kind of genet occurs in that particular night hide in Okonjima. Maybe someone has been to that particular night hide, as the genet cat is coming here almost every night.
Thank you for sharing some useful information.