- Cretan Wildcat
Cretan Wildcat Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family: Felidae Genus: Felis Species: F. silvestris Subspecies: F. s. cretensis Trinomial name Felis silvestris cretensis
The Cretan Wildcat (Felis silvestris cretensis; Greek φουρόκατος) is a Wildcat subspecies that inhabits the Greek island of Crete. Long feared extinct, an expedition by the University of Perugia managed to capture an individual in 1996.
Origin of the Cretan Wildcat
Two hypotheses of how wildcats arrived on the island have been suggested:
- It was already present before the mainland and Crete separated.
- Early Cretan settlers brought cats for domestication. Some of these escaped and became wild again.
- ^ Wozencraft, W. Christopher (16 November 2005). "Order Carnivora (pp. 532-628)". In Wilson, Don E., and Reeder, DeeAnn M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2 vols. (2142 pp.). pp. 536-537. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3.
- ^ a b An article about the Cretan wildcat by "STIGMES, the magazine of Crete"
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