Felis margarita harrisoni

Felis margarita harrisoni
An Arabian sand cat at Osnabrück Zoo, Germany.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Felis
Species: F. margarita
Subspecies: F. m. harrisoni
Trinomial name
Felis margarita harrisoni
Hemmer, Grubb and Groves, 1976

Felis margarita harrisoni is a subspecies of the sand cat known as the Arabian sand cat that is native to the deserts of the Arabian peninsula and Jordan.[1][2] Between July 2000 and September 2001, it was also recorded in the central Syrian desert, close to the ruins of Palmyra.[3]

The captive population kept in European zoos is offspring of 18 founders.[4]


  1. Hemmer, H., Grubb, P., Groves, C. P. (1976). Notes on the sand cat, Felis margarita Loche 1958. Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde 41: 286–303.
  2. Hemmer, H. (1978). Nachweis der Sandkatze (Felis margarita harrisoni Hemmer, Grubb und Groves, 1976) in Jordanien. Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde 43: 62–64.
  3. Serra, G., Abdallah, M. S., Qaim, G. A. (2007). Occurrence of Rüppell’s Fox, Vulpes rueppelli, and Sand Cat, Felis margarita, in Syria. Zoology in the Middle East 42(1): 99–102.
  4. Witzenberger, K. A. & Hochkirch, A. (2013). "Evaluating ex situ conservation projects: Genetic structure of the captive population of the Arabian sand cat" (PDF). Mammalian Biology-Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde. 78 (5): 379–382.

External links

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 10/23/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.