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A New Cat Species Was Recently Found In Brazil

In November 2013, scientists described the stunning discovery of a new species of wild cat, long-confused with another. Looking at the DNA data of small cats in Brazil, researchers found that the tigrina, also known as the oncilla in Central America is actually two separate species. The new species is called Leopardus guttulus and lives in the Atlantic Forest of southern Brazil, while the other Leopardus tigrinus is found in the cerrado and Caatinga ecosystems in northeastern Brazil.

Leopardus guttulus

DNA tests have revealed a new small wild cat species: Leopardus guttulus. Pictured here, the new species is primarily found in the Atlantic Forest. Photo by: Projeto Gatos do Mato – Brasil/Project Wild Cats of Brazil.

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