In 2006 it was identified as being a distinct species and on March 14th, 2007, officially publicized under the name of Bornean Clouded Leopard or Neofelis diardi by the World Wide Fund for Nature.
The Bornean clouded leopard differs also in fur pattern and skin coloration, having small "clouds with many distinct spots within them, grey and dark fur, and twin stripes along their backs" and finally, we read: "The habits of the Bornean Clouded Leopard are largely unknown because of the animal's secretive nature.
Thus, the Bornean clouded leopard is the biggest feline of Borneo, a fast solitary predator with mighty claws and canine teeth almost equal in size to those of a tiger (2 inches = 5.
Sellato's remarks seem to make a strong case for an old autochthonous knowledge of tigers among Bornean peoples, although the terminological heterogeneity among his "tiger" terms, compared to that of his clouded leopard terms, could be equally pointing to a more recent acquaintance with this animal.
12) As for Bornean languages, Adelaar (1992: 53) found Iban's rimaw 'tiger' equally suspicious, remarking that "since tigers are not found in Borneo this is probably borrowed (from Standard] M[alay]?
However, Bornean languages, including Iban, display cognates of PWMP * qarimaqun, but with seemingly different meanings.
Groves not only agrees that Borneans and Sumatrans are distinct subspecies and should not be interbred, he also says that "eventually, we'll be proposing that these [Bornean populations] be formally recognized as subspecies.
He also argues that zoos and other game managers should attempt to establish that Borneans paired for mating trace back to the same geographically distinct parent population.
So our only options now are to just breed them as Borneans or to not breed any Borneans -- which would send the [captive] population into a crash from which it probably would not recover.
The American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums (AZA) adopted a policy 10 years ago to stop interbreeding Sumatran and Bornean orangutans -- and to prevent any of AZA's hybrid offspring (now numbering 51) from reproducing.
Seuanez of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and his coworkers published data demonstrating a clear difference between Sumatran and Bornean orangutans -- an inversion, or consistent rearrangement of genetic material, in a region of chromosome 2.
Janczewski compared several hundred proteins -- reflecting several hundred genes -- from Sumatran and Bornean orangutans.