Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Iberian lynx

The Iberian lynx (Lynx Pardinus), also known as the Spanish lynx or Pardel lynx, is a species of lynx native to Spain, Portugal, and possibly France. It is now critically endangered due to hunting and habitat destruction. It mainly preys on rabbits and is claimed to be a subspecies of the Eurasian lynx and there is another critically endangered lynx called the Balkan lynx. It is one of the 2 really cool predators of the Iberian peninsula along with the near threatened Iberian wolf. I thought it was a subspecies of the Eurasian lynx because it lives in Eurasia and what I'm trying to say is; There is more than one lynx in Eurasia. The Iberian lynx is descended from the extinct Issoire lynx and the Eurasian lynx. There are only 309 Spanish lynxes left in the wild. It's estimated that the Iberian lynx evolved from the extinct Issoire lynx. The lynx is now classified to be a separate species from the Eurasian lynx. It is claimed that the lynx lived in Southern France, Switzerland, and Northern Italy in the Late Pleistocene and Holocene. It is thought that if the Iberian lynx was to become extinct, it would be the 1st big cat species to become extinct since the extinction of the saber toothed cats.

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