European wildcat


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Noun1.European wildcat - bushy-tailed wildcat of Europe that resembles the domestic cat and is regarded as the ancestor of the domestic catEuropean wildcat - bushy-tailed wildcat of Europe that resembles the domestic cat and is regarded as the ancestor of the domestic cat
Felis, genus Felis - type genus of the Felidae: true cats and most wildcats
wildcat - any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
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The European wildcat, almost the size of our bobcat, is widespread but scarce and often protected.
The European wildcat Felis silvestris is a medium-sized, elusive carnivore widely but patchily distributed throughout the Palaearctic (Yamaguchi et al.
This is not surprising, as the population of wildcats in Britain only became separated from the European wildcat at the end of the last ice age, about 7000-9000 years ago--a relatively short time in terms of mammalian speciation (Yalden, 1999).
We have three different cats in Europe - the Iberian lynx, European wildcat and Eurasian lynx.
Also, whereas it was previously thought that there were at least four genetically separate species of small cat - the house cat, the Asiatic wildcat, the European wildcat and the African wildcat - it is now recognised that all of the species are anatomically identical.
Turkey, a natural land bridge connecting Europe and Asia, was historically home to a myriad of mammalian species, including a full complement of carnivores such as the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica), Caspian tiger (Panthera tigris virgata), gray wolf (Canis lupus), striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena), brown bear (Ursus arctos), Anatolian leopard (Panthera pardus tulliana), Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), caracal (Felis caracal), Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra), golden jackal (Canis aureus), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), European wildcat (Felis silvestris caucasica), pine marten (Martes martes), and other smaller mustelid species.

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