A new species of 'cat-fox' has reportedly been discovered in the French island of Corsica.

New species of 'cat-fox' has reportedly been discovered

New species of 'cat-fox' has reportedly been discovered

The mysterious creature - known to Corsicans as Ghjattu volpe - is well-known by shepherds of the island and have been feared for their reported attacks on goats and sheep.

But now, a team working alongside France's National Hunting and Wildlife Office (ONCFS) have revealed that they believe the ''wonderful discovery'' is a new ''wild species''.

Chief environmental technician for France's National Hunting and Wildlife Office (ONCFS), Pierre Benedetti, told AFP: ''We believe that it's a wild natural species which was known but not scientifically identified because it's an extremely inconspicuous animal with nocturnal habits. It's a wonderful discovery.

''By looking at its DNA, we could tell it apart from the European wildcat, Felis silvestris silvestris.

''It's close to the African forest cat, Felis silvestris lybica, but its exact identity is still to be determined.''