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RUSTY SPOTTED CAT (Prionailurus rubiginosus)

© Anil Vithanage



The smallest of the wildcats, it is the size of a small house cat.  It has a rust coloured faintly spotted body with four forehead stripes with distinct striping on the legs, especially on the underside. The tail is faintly marked with rings. It lives in a variety of habitats including dry scrub forest and moist forests and is nocturnal.  It is thought that small rodents make up a significant part of its diet.

Distribution:  Present in pockets throughout Sri Lanka and India. 


Status: Endangered (National Conservation Status); Vulnerable (Global Conservation Status) 

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