Neofelis nebulosasci (English) [ IPA: Neofelis nebulosa ASM: নিয়ফেলিচ নেবুলোচা]
Contributed by: Kulendra Daulagupu on 2009-08-15
1. Animal(Common Noun-Common) The Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) is a medium-sized cat found in North East India and Southeast Asia. It has a tan or tawny coat, and is distinctively marked with large, irregularly-shaped, dark-edged ellipses which are said to be shaped like clouds. This unique appearance gave the mammal both its common and scientific species name (Nebulosus is the Latin for `cloudy`). The Clouded Leopard was a confusion to scientists for a long time because of the appearance and skeleton. It was what seemed to be a cross in between a big cat and a small cat. The scientific name of the genus, Neofelis, originates from neo, which means `new`, and felis, which means `small cat`, so it literally means new kind of small cat.