A Myth Got Busted After A New Species Of Wild Cat Discovered In Corsica, Meet The Cat-Fox
5Species of wildcat:
Presently, only two species of wildcat are identified by the experts, first is European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris) and the second is African wildcat (F. silvestris lybica). However, their classification is still not pretty clear, there are some subspecies as well which have been identified such as Sardinian wild cat (F. lybica sarda) which is found at Sardinia, the neighboring island of Corsica.
6Will cat-fox be recognized as new species?
The genetic analysis of the cat-fox has not yet finished but the experts are of the opinion that the genes of cat-fox are definitely so different that it will be identified as a subspecies is not as a new species.
7What Pierre Benedetti said?
Pierre said that the ghjattu-volpe is definitely different from European wildcat, Felis silvestris silvestris but it is a little similar to African forest cat, Felis silvestris lybica. However, Pierre also said that it will take some time in identifying the true identity of the cat-fox .
8How cat-fox caught attention?
First of all let us clear it to you that cat-fox has nothing to do with the foxes. Local people used to talk about it as their sheep and goats were attacked in night but in 2008, a cat-fox was caught after it got trapped in the chicken coup.
This was more than enough for researchers to start researching about them and in 2012, they put out DNA- sticks which fascinated the cats. As these cats got attracted to these sticks, they rubbed their body on the sticks and left their fur on them. Scientists used these furs for genetic identification and analysis.