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Aquatic Genet
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Viverridae
Subfamily: Viverrinae
Genus: Genetta
Species: G. piscivora
Binomial name
Genetta piscivora
(Allen, 1919)

The Aquatic Genet (Genetta piscivora) is a carnivorous mammal from the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Aquatic Genet is related to civets and linsangs. Unlike other genets who have handsomely spotted coats and ringed tails, the Aquatic Genet has a plain, rusty-coloured coat and a black tail, with white spots behind its eyes.

This rather odd genet feeds primarily on fish, which it attracts by gently tapping the surface of the water of rainforest streams. Its paws are hairless, an adaptation for catching fish. Despite its diet, and its common name, it is not a good swimmer.

Like most members of its family, it is a secretive and rarely seen species, and little is known about its behaviour in the wild.

This species is sometimes placed in its own genus, Osbornictis.


  1. ^ Van Rompaey, H., Gaubert, P. & Hoffmann, M. (2008). Genetta piscivora. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 24 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of data deficient

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