Wildcats (Felis si/vestris) spread over Europe ranging from Spanish to Eastem woodlands. In Northem Africa, the wildcat be/ongs to a different subspecies (Felis si/vestris Iibyca) which diffused in Sardinia giving rise to a novel taxon there (Felis silvestris Iibyca sarda). The morphological features of the Sardinian wildcat taxon are not well-known yet. In our work its morphological and morphometrical features have been studied on 19 stuffed models. Numerous morphometrical parameters were taken, and the distribution of spots and stripes of the coat was studied. A low variability in the morphometrical parameters was detected, confirming that the Sardinian wildcat can be considered a well-defined taxon. Since one of the most severe problems in the safeguard of pure Sardinian wildcats is their crossbreeding with domestic cats, the comprehensive knowledge of the anatomical features of these animals could be useful in making a distinction between these two taxa.
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|Titolo:||Morphological and morphometrical features of Sardinian wild cat (Felis silvestris lybica var. sarda)|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|