Sardinian Lynx

Sardinian Lynx

Taxobox
name = Sardinian LynxMSW3 Wozencraft | 541]
status = EX
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Mammalia
ordo = Carnivora
familia = Felidae
genus = "Lynx"
species = "L. lynx"
subspecies = "L. lynx sardiniae"
trinomial = "Lynx lynx sardiniae"
trinomial_authority = (Mola, 1908)
range_

range_map_width = 250px
range_map_caption = Former range (in red)

The Sardinian Lynx is an extinct subspecies of the Eurasian Lynx that once could be found on the Italian island of Sardinia.

In 1908, Mola described a lynx from Nuoro (Sardinia) as "Lynx sardiniae". The length of the Sardinian Lynx was 1 m; the height 35 cm and the tail 33 cm. The cheeks were distinctly whiskered and the ears were tufted. The back was reddish with the dorsal area almost forming a band. The sides were reddish grey. The head, neck and shoulder, and flanks with reddish brown or greyish brown spots. The legs had transverse tawny stripes. The tail had a black tip and three black sub-terminal rings. This subspecies had also a head with black stripe on each side beginning at the mouth and passing back through the eye to the side of the neck. The ears were tawny inside and reddish outside, tending towards black. The underparts and inner surface of the legs are dirty white with a reddish tinge. [cite book | author = Miller, G. S. | year = 1912 | title = Catalogue of the Mammals of Western Europe (Europe exclusive of Russia) in the collection of the British Museum |publisher = Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History) London.] They competed Fact|date=July 2008 for food with the Sardinian Dhole, a canid living with the lynx.

ee also

* List of extinct animals of Europe

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