Tail relatively longer than in the last species, and gradually tapering to a point.

F. maniculata, Temm, Monog. de Mammal, torn. i. p. 128. Domestic Cat, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. i. p. 82.

Description

Invariably smaller than the wild cat: the head larger in proportion to the body; the tail longer, more slender, and gradually terminating in a point: colours extremely variable.

I have followed Ruppel and Temminck in referring the domestic Cat to this species, which in a wild state inhabits the North of Africa, where it was discovered by the former of the two naturalists above mentioned. He supposes it to have been first reclaimed by the Egyptians.