When Sahil Nijhawan and his colleagues placed cameras across the Dibang Valley in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh in and , they hoped to learn about the many different species of wild animals that live there. What they found among the downloaded images was a bit more unexpected. The cameras, placed throughout protected forests as well as community forests governed by the Idu Mishmi people of the Dibang Valley, captured what appeared at first to be several different types of similar-sized cats. The team was confused in particular by two kinds of cats in their photos: one that was spotted, also referred to as ocelot, and one with tightly rosetted patterns on its coat.
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The Asian golden cat Catopuma temminckii is a medium-sized wild cat native to the northeastern Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It has been listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List since , and is threatened by hunting pressure and habitat loss , since Southeast Asian forests are undergoing the world's fastest regional deforestation. It is also called Temminck's cat and Asiatic golden cat. Asian golden cats in Sumatra are reddish brown in colour.
Flat-headed cat and fishing cat require immediate research and conservation attention. In fact, tigers—down to an estimated 3, individuals—arguably dominate conservation across Asia. But as magnificent, grand, and endangered as the tigers are, there are a number of other felines in the region that are much less studied—and may be just as imperiled. Of these nine, cat conservationists say two are in particular need of research and conservation attention: the flat-headed cat Prionailurus planiceps and the fishing cat Prionailurus viverrinus.