Sunday, March 25, 2007

Discovering a New Leopard Species

The linked article 'New species declared: Clouded leopard on Borneo and Sumatra' shows that new species are still being found. This one is prominent- a clouded leopard species found on Borneo and Sumatra. As the article states:

"The new clouded leopard species is generally darker than the mainland species, has small cloud markings, many distinct spots within the cloud markings, grayer fur, and a double dorsal stripe. Clouded leopards from the mainland have large clouds on their skin with fewer, often faint, spots within the cloud markings, and they are lighter in color, with a tendency toward tawny-colored fur and a partial double dorsal stripe."

This leopard is Borneo's top predator and is said to have the longest canine teeth, in proportion to its body size, of any cat. The existence of Sumatran tigers on Sumatra means that the leopard is the second largest predator there.


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