[i]Felis sylvestris gordoni[/i]
Felis sylvestris gordoni
Very nice. I just read somewhere, I forget where, that the two mideast races of wildcat (F.s. gordoni and F.s. tristrami) have been merged and are now considered part of the african race (F.s. lybica).
Not heard that about the merger but I'm sure you could ask a different taxonomist and get a different number of subspecies every time (and I say that as someone who loves taxonomy!). Subspecies are a fairly shaky and vague concept anyway, so even if I don't believe they're necessarily valid I always tend to take the most splitting option when labelling photos or making notes below species level - that way if they're split again in the future I know what I've seen/photo'd!
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