Large-spotted genet Genetta tigrina, copyright Bernard Dupont.

Belongs within: Aeluroidea.

The Viverrinae, civets and genets, are low-bodied carnivorans with well-developed shearing teeth, perineal glands, and the soles of the feet normally hairy between toes and pads (Wemmer & Wozencraft 1984).

    |  i. s.: Osbornictis piscivoraS78
    |--+--Viverricula indicaFS15
    |  `--+--Civettictis civettaFS15
    |     `--Viverra Linnaeus 1758FS15, L58
    |          |  i. s.: V. civettaG41
    |          |         V. genetta Linnaeus 1758L58
    |          |         V. ichneumon Linnaeus 1758L58
    |          |         V. leakeyiS78
    |          |         V. memphitis Linnaeus 1758L58
    |          |         V. putorius Linnaeus 1758L58
    |          |         V. tigrinaG41
    |          |--V. tangalungaFS15
    |          `--+--V. zibetha Linnaeus 1758FS15, L58
    |             `--+--V. civettinaFS15 [=V. megaspila civettinaBP87]
    |                `--V. megaspilaFS15
       |    |--P. leightoniFS15
       |    `--P. richardsoniiFS15
            |  i. s.: G. felinaWW84
            |           |--G. f. felinaWW84
            |           `--G. f. senegalensisWW84
            |--+--G. cristataFS15
            |  `--+--G. abyssinicaFS15
            |     `--G. thierryiFS15
            `--+--+--+--G. johnstoniFS15
               |  |  `--G. piscivoraFS15
               |  `--+--G. servalinaFS15
               |     `--G. victoriaeFS15
               `-+--G. genettaFS15
                 |    |--G. g. genettaWW84
                 |    `--G. g. isabellaeWW84
                 `--+--G. tigrinaFS15
                    `--+--G. angolensisFS15
                       `--+--G. maculataFS15 [=Viverra maculata Gray 1830 non Kerr 1792G91]
                          `--+--G. bourloniFS15
                             `--+--G. pardinaFS15
                                `--G. poensis Waterhouse 1838FS15, G91

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BP87] Burton, J. A., & B. Pearson. 1987. Collins Guide to the Rare Mammals of the World. Collins: London.

[FS15] Faurby, S., & J.-C. Svenning. 2015. A species-level phylogeny of all extant and late Quaternary extinct mammals using a novel heuristic-hierarchical Bayesian approach. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 84: 14–26.

[G91] Groves, C. P. 1991. A Theory of Human and Primate Evolution revised ed. Clarendon Press: Oxford.

[G41] Gulliver, G. 1841. Observations on the blood-corpuscles of the order Ferae. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 9: 42–44.

[L58] Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentii Salvii: Holmiae.

[S78] Savage, R. J. G. 1978. Carnivora. In: Maglio, V. J., & H. B. S. Cooke (eds) Evolution of African Mammals pp. 249–267. Harvard University Press: Cambridge (Massachusetts).

[WW84] Wemmer, C., & W. C. Wozencraft. 1984. Civets and genets. In: Macdonald, D. (ed.) All the World’s Animals: Carnivores pp. 128–137. Torstar Books Inc.: New York.

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