A diagnosis for the Scottish wildcat (Felis silvestris): a tool for conservation action for a critically‐endangered felid

  title={A diagnosis for the Scottish wildcat (Felis silvestris): a tool for conservation action for a critically‐endangered felid},
  author={Andrew C. Kitchener and Nobuyuki Yamaguchi and Jennifer M. Ward and David W. Macdonald},
  journal={Animal Conservation},
A recent estimate suggests that the Scottish wildcat may be critically endangered. Nevertheless, there is still no uncontroversial method for diagnosing the Scottish wildcat. We analysed morphological differences between wild‐living cats in Scotland on the basis of 20pelage characters, scoring from 1 (domestic cat) to 3 (wildcat), in combination with 40skull parameters and intestinal length. A cluster analysis, based on Principal Components derived from the scores for pelage characters, showed… 

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