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Catopuma[1]
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Catopuma temminckii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Catopuma
Severtzov, 1858
Type species
Felis moormensis
Hogson, 1831 (= Felis temminckii Vigors and Horsfield, 1827) by monotypy
Species

Catopuma badia
Catopuma temminckii

Catopuma is a genus containing two small Asian felines, the Bay Cat (C. badia) and the Asian Golden Cat (C. temminckii).

Both are typically reddish brown in colour, with darker markings on the head. They inhabit forested environments in South East Asia, with the Bay Cat being restricted to the island of Borneo. Originally thought to be two subspecies of the same animal, recent genetic analysis has confirmed that they are, indeed, separate species.[2]

The two species diverged from one another 4.9-5.3 million years ago, long before Borneo separated from the neighboring islands.[3] Their closest living relative is the Marbled Cat, from which the common ancestor of the Catopuma genus diverged around 9.4 million years ago.[4]

References

  1. ^ Template:MSW3 Wozencraft
  2. ^ Sunquist, Mel; Sunquist, Fiona (2002). Wild cats of the World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 49. ISBN 0-226-77999-8. 
  3. ^ W. E. Johnson; et al. (1999). "Molecular genetic characterisation of two insular Asian cat species, Bornean bay cat and Iriomote cat". In S.P. Wasser. Evolutionary theory and processes: Modern perspectives, Essays in honour of Eviator Nevo. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishing. pp. 223–248. 
  4. ^ Johnson, W. E., Eizirik, E., Pecon-Slattery, J., Murphy, W. J., Antunes, A., Teeling, E., O'Brien, S. J. (2006) The late miocene radiation of modern felidae: A genetic assessment. Science 311: 73-77. download pdf
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Hartmann zebra hobatere S This article is part of Project Mammal Genera, a All Birds project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each genus, including made-up genera.
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