General

Black curly hred cat

Black curly hred cat

Black curly hred cat

The black curly-hred (C. h. mauritanicus) or moor cat is a medium-sized, predominantly arid-adapted, semi-nocturnal, wild cat of the genus Felis.

Physical description

The black curly-hred has a short, stout body, with a tl that is thick and bushy, and a thick, short and grizzled, short fur that is blackish-grey over the back and tl, brownish-grey in the face, back and tl, and tan in the belly.

The long whiskers are black and have tufts of light-colored hr on the inside of the end of each whisker. The legs are short and covered with hr, especially the hind legs, with tufts of hr protruding from the feet. The ears are small, rounded and naked, with tufts of hr extending from the outer edges of the ear opening.

The tl is bushy and covered with small, light brown or greyish hr with tufts of hr protruding from the tip.

The black curly-hred is usually between 60 and 90 ,cm long, but they can reach up to 100 ,cm, and weigh between 6.3 and 9.6 ,kg.

The size of the fur on the black curly-hred depends on the environment in which it is kept, but is usually between 70 and 80 ,cm in length.

The eyes of the black curly-hred are large and set close together, and can easily be distinguished from other Felis species by the hr color. The black curly-hred also has a prominent zygomorphic ear flange.

Distribution and habitat

The black curly-hred has been found in the Middle East, Northern Africa, Southern Europe, Asia, and the western coast of North America.

Black curly-hred occur mnly in semi-arid, open areas, such as steppe and coastal habitats, but they are also found in forest environments in the cooler parts of their range.

Diet and foraging

The black curly-hred is a predator, and is known to feed primarily on mice and rats. However, the species is capable of eating a wide range of small mammals including moles and rabbits. The diet of the black curly-hred includes the eggs and young of other animals such as pheasants and other birds.

It also forages for food on the ground, and uses its front paws and feet as spades to dig through soil, creating a depression in which the back paws are placed. The digging action also creates pungent odors that attract prey.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List classifies the black curly-hred as of least concern. However, the species is hunted for fur and is frequently trapped and killed for sport. The black curly-hred is the most commonly encountered species of the genus in the Middle East.

Subspecies

The taxonomy of the genus Acomys is not clear, as no subspecies are recognized by the IUCN.

References

Further reading

Crawford, S. R. and Smith, R. J. (1958). A review of the genus Acomys (Rodentia: Muridae) with special reference to its geographical variation. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 114: 1–56.

Gardner, G. C. (1959). On the taxonomy of the African spiny mouse, genus Acomys with descriptions of new forms from the Eastern and Central Africa. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History), Zoology Series. 14(2): 87–116.

Lloyd, M. A. C. and Wrangham, R. W. (1979). The primates of the Ethiopian highlands. Vol. II: Monkeys, apes and humans. London, The Natural History Museum/Cornell University Press.

Lloyd, M. A. C. (1982). Primate systematics: evidence from the skull. In The comparative analysis of primate skulls. I. Ceballos (Ed.). Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. 127–144.

Lloyd, M. A. C. (1990). Primate biogeography: distribution, ecology and evolution. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Kurtén, B. and Hedlund, S. B. (1961). A zoogeographical analysis of African spiny mice (Muridae: Acomys). Theor. Appl. Biol. 4: 471–531.

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