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Latin name

 

Felis nigripes

Family

 

Smaller mammals

Size

 

Length (including tail) 50-63 cm

Weight

 

1,0 - 2,0 kg

Colour

 

Fawn in the northern part of its range, shading to a reddish fawn in the south, with a pattern of dark spots and bands ranging from reddish brown (in the north) to black (in the south), more clearly defined in the southern specimens. The underparts are whitish, the legs horizontally banded, the tail black-tipped.

Appearance

 

The African wild cat, but smaller and with more distinct markings. The backs of the ears are fawn or dark fawn but never rufous like the African wild cat's.

Habitat

 

Dry, open country with scrub bush or grasses for cover. A water source is not essential.