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|Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:58 am Post subject: Local scientist finds new big cat species - Neofelis diardi
| Local scientist finds new big cat species
By Alison Walker-Baird
(Source: Frederick News-Post online)
The new species will be named Neofelis diardi. I did not know that there were 4 subspecies of clouded leopard. According to this article, scientists have discovered that one of them is actually a separate species.
|Four subspecies of clouded leopard had been recognized in Southeast Asia, but a National Cancer Institute at Frederick researcher has now discovered one of those is a separate species.
NCI-F's findings were published in a December 2006 paper in Current Biology. The paper's lead author, Valerie Buckley-Beason, is a researcher in the institute's Laboratory of Genomic Diversity.
The scientific community will likely name the new species Neofelis diardi, Buckley-Beason said.
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