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Rediscovery of the Bornean bay cat

  • Mel Sunquist (a1), Charles Leh (a2), Daphne M. Hills (a3) and Rajanathan Rajaratnam (a4)

The bay cat Catopuma badia has been rediscovered in Borneo, where it is endemic and where there have been no confirmed sightings since 1928. In November 1992 an adult female, which had been captured by native trappers on the Sarawak-Indonesian border and kept in captivity for some months, was brought into the Sarawak Museum on the point of death. It was only the seventh known specimen and the first of a whole animal. In appearance it bears a striking resemblance to Temminck's cat C. temminckii, although it is much smaller. Genetic analysis of blood and tissue samples will assist in clarifying its taxonomic status.

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  • ISSN: 0030-6053
  • EISSN: 1365-3008
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