|Asiatic golden cat Catopuma temminckii sighted in Pakke Tiger Reserve. (Photo: Salvador Lyngdoh.)|
The Asiatic golden cat and marbled cat are popularly called small cat species among the wild felids. Both these cats are found distributed in the South East Asian region and come from a common lineage of bay cats and inhabit moist evergreen forests. They are placed in the ‘Near threatened’ and ‘Vulnerable’ category respectively, according to the IUCN. Both are found in a variety of habitats. Nevertheless, both cats face enormous pressures from deforestation and hunting
Lyngdoh, S., K.M. Selvan, G.V. Gopi & B. Habib. 2011. First photographic evidences of two rare cats from Pakke Tiger Reserve, western Arunachal Pradesh. Current Science. 101(10): 1284–1286.