Thursday, February 10, 2011

NEW Cat Species Found in Sabah, MALAYSIA.

I have always been so fascinated with the Cat species and recently a type of leopard found in Sabah on the Borneo Island and believed to be related to its mainland cousin is in fact a completely new cat species.

The conservation group said American scientists compared the DNA of the clouded leopard with that of its mainland cousin and determined the two populations diverged some 1.4 million years ago.

The clouded leopard is Borneo's largest predator, has the longest canine teeth relative to its size of any cat, and can grow as large as a small panther.

There are estimated to be between 5,000 and 11,000 of these animals left in Borneo's rain forests, which are threatened by logging and are believed to hold many more undiscovered species, WWF said.

In December the organization, which is based in Gland, Switzerland, announced scientists had found at least 52 new species in Borneo, including 30 types of fish, two tree frogs and several plants.

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