Iriomote Cat (Prionailurus iriomotensis)
The Iriomote Cat is a long cat with relatively short legs and short tail. It has dark brown fur of medium length. It has dark spots in rows along the body, and dark stripes along the neck. The back of the ears have white spots. The eyes are surrounded by white fur. The irises are yellow to amber.
Length: 70cm - 90cm (average 80cm). Weight 3.2kg - 4.2kg.
mountain areas with cover, broad-leaved forest, sub-tropical forest, mangrove forest on the island of Iriomote. Sometimes found on coastal beaches and near villages.
Diet includes small mammals (such as bats and rats), birds, snakes, frogs, lizards, insects and sometimes fish, crabs.
Female Iriomote Cats give birth to a single kitten (sometimes two) after a gestation believed to be about 60 days. The young are weaned after about two to three months and become independent after about four or five months.
found on the island of Iriomote, Japan
The conservation status in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "critically endangered".