Short Communications

Rediscovery of the Bornean bay cat

Mel Sunquista1, Charles Leha2, Daphne M. Hillsa3 and Rajanathan Rajaratnama4

a1 Department of Wildlife and Range Sciences and Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

a2 Sarawak Museum, Kuching, Malaysia Fiona Sunquist University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

a3 Mammal Section, The Natural History Museum, London

a4 Senior Scientific Officer, World Wide Fund for Nature, Sabah, Malaysia


The bay cat Catopuma badia has been rediscovered in Borneo, where it is endemic and where there have been no confirmed sightings since 1928. In November 1992 an adult female, which had been captured by native trappers on the Sarawak-Indonesian border and kept in captivity for some months, was brought into the Sarawak Museum on the point of death. It was only the seventh known specimen and the first of a whole animal. In appearance it bears a striking resemblance to Temminck's cat C. temminckii, although it is much smaller. Genetic analysis of blood and tissue samples will assist in clarifying its taxonomic status.