DNA study reveals new wild cat species in Brazil

By Sarah Zielinski, 09:34 AM November 29, 2013

South America is awash in small cat species. There’s the Andean mountain cat living at high elevations. And the relatively abundant ocelot, with a range stretching into the United States. Or the kodkod, the smallest cat of the Americas, tucked away in Chile. Nearly all of these small cats belong to the Leopardus genus, of which there’s seven recognized species living in South America.

Now there’s one more — L. guttulus, a species of oncilla, also known as a tigrina, found in southern Brazil. T...

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