Meet the ‘cat-fox,’ a mysterious mammal found in Corsica that could be a new species

An employee of the French Forest and Hunting Office (Office Nationale des Forets et de la Chasse) Charles-Antoine Cecchini holds a "ghjattu-volpe" (fox-cat) Felis Silvestris on June 12, 2019 in Asco on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica. - The Corsican fix-cat is a new specie of feline according to the ONCFS. (Photo by PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA / AFP)PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: 4640 ORIG FILE ID: AFP_1HH382

The ‘cat-fox,’ a mysterious feline that roams the French island of Corsica, may be a new species, according to wildlife officials.

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Clouded leopard

Clouded leopard

Neofelis nebulosa. At the Pittsburgh Zoo in Pittsburgh, PA.

Funnel Wet

Funnel Wet

Rain-soaked funnel web on the lawn of Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT. The tunnel can be seen in the center. I think this is probably the web of a grass spider, like the one that visited my office last November, or maybe a wolf spider.

 

Drop in!

A closer view of the tunnel.

The silk is so fine that it’s invisible and it looks like the droplets are levitating. Any prey will probably not see it in good weather, and the spider will jump out and grab it as soon as the web is disturbed. The silk also seems to create a screen effect that sharpens the edges in the photo and intensifies the contrasts.