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SNH Commissioned Report 356: The Scottish wildcat: A comparison of genetic and pelage characteristics

SNH Commissioned Report 356: The Scottish wildcat: A comparison of genetic and pelage characteristics

The report concludes that Scottish wildcats can be distinguished from feral cats by their coat markings. The comparison of morphological and pelage characteristics against genetic make-up, led to the conclusion that the appearance of Scottish wildcat is sufficiently unique to identify individuals which are genetically distinct from domestic cats. Previous research has concentrated on distinguishing wildcat from feral and domestic cats using either pelage marking or genetic analysis. This research is the first attempt to bring these two approaches together to make a direct link between appearance and genetics.

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Published in 2010

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