Ona Canguu

Mystery CAT of South America.

Etymology: Portuguese, "big-headed jaguar," after the Guarani (Tupi) akangusu ("big head").

Physical description: Black. Jaguarlike. White collar. Tufted tail tip.

Distribution: Rio Aripuana, Mato Grosso State, and Rio Madeira, Amazonas State, Brazil.

Significant sightings: In 1996 and 1997, Dutch zoologist Marc van Roosmalen glimpsed what he considers to be a new species of black Jaguar (Panthera onca) from the Rio Madeira area. He collected further reports in 2000 from the Rio Aripuana.

Sources: Laurie Goering, "Amazon Primatologist Shakes Family Tree for New Monkeys," Chicago Tribune, July 11, 1999; "Amazon Flora and Fauna: An Interview with Marc van Roosmalen," 1999, http://www. ethnobotany.org/zz-roos.html; Karl Shuker, "New Beasts from Brazil?" Fortean Times, no. 139 (November 2000): 22.

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