Re: Speciation - how do you know?

Gautam Majumdar (
Mon, 9 Sep 1996 21:09:03 +0100

In article <>, Stephen Barnard
<> writes
>Nick Maclaren wrote:
>BTW, are hybrids of lions and tigers really fertile?
> Steve Barnard

Zoologists working in the Alipur Zoological Garden in Calcutta, India,
had produced first a Tigon by crossing a Bengal tiger and an Indian
lion and then a male Litigon by crossing the Tigon with a lion. This
was probably the only occasion when a Tigon was found to be fertile
and that Litigon, named Cubanacan, was the only animal of its type.
According to the Guinness Book of Records (1990 edition) it was the
largest feline ever recorded (11 ft 6 inches).

Gautam Majumdar