feliforma

Common Genet - Genetta genetta

The common genet is the only member of the Viverridae family to be found in Europe - though even in Europe it’s known to be an introduced species. Most Viverrids are found in Africa and Asia. Other family members include the bearcats (binturongs), civets, and linsangs. Previously, fossa and mongooses were classified as Viverridae, but both genetic and morphological evidence shows that Eurasian mongooses are more closely related to the felids, and the fossa is most closely related to other Madagascar carnivores.

Viverrids are an ancient family within the Carnivora order and Feliforma suborder. They’re much less specialized than the other felids, and have a more varied diet as a result. However, just like other felids, genets do not produce taurine and must consume meat in order to make up for it - one of the many characteristics of the suborder.

Atlas de Poche des Mammiferes. Rene Martin, 1910.