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Wild Cat Species

African golden cat

THESE ARE THE 36 WILD CAT SPECIES. EACH HAS SOME BRIEF FACTS WITH A LINK TO LOTS MORE. SOME PEOPLE THINK THERE ARE MORE THAN 36 WILD CAT SPECIES BECAUSE CATEGORISING THEM IS STILL UNSETTLED. THEIR STATUS IN THE WILD (EXTINCTION OR SURVIVAL?) IS ALSO IN FLUX. Please click on on the hyperlink to go to a world map displaying what wild cat species occupy which nation.

African golden cat

  • Scientific identify: Caracal aurata
  • Weight kgs: Eight-16
  • Distribution: Equatorial Africa
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Prey: Rodents (70%)
  • Standing in wild: Weak

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Andean mountain cat

  • Scientific identify: Leopardus jacobita
  • Weight kgs: Four-5
  • Distribution: The Andes Mountains
  • Habitat: Rocky & mountainous
  • Prey: Mountain Vizcacha
  • Standing in wild: Endangered

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Asiatic golden cat

  • Scientific identify: Pardofelis temminckii
  • Weight kgs: Eight-16
  • Distribution: Tibet to Sumatra
  • Habitat: Prefers forest
  • Prey: Small mammals
  • Standing in wild: Close to Threatened

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Bay cat

  • Scientific identify: Pardofelis badia
  • Weight kgs: Three-Four
  • Distribution: Borneo
  • Habitat: Tropical forest
  • Prey: Small animals
  • Standing in wild: Endangered

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Black-footed cat

  • Scientific identify: Felis nigripes
  • Weight kgs: About 2
  • Distribution: Southwest Africa
  • Habitat: Dry and open
  • Prey: Gerbils 75%
  • Standing in wild: Weak

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Bobcat

  • Scientific identify: Lynx rufus
  • Weight kgs: Four-18
  • Distribution: North America
  • Habitat: Wide range
  • Prey: Rabbits and hares
  • Standing in wild: Least Concern

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Caracal

  • Scientific identify: Caracal caracal
  • Weight kgs: 6-20
  • Distribution: Central & South East Africa
  • Habitat: Prefers open grassland
  • Prey: Guinea fowl to small antelopes
  • Standing in wild: Least Concern

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Cheetah

  • Scientific identify: Acinonyx jubatus
  • Weight kgs: 21-65
  • Distribution: Fragmented: Africa, Iran, Azerbaijan
  • Habitat: Namibian grassland
  • Prey: Impala
  • Standing in wild: Weak

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Chinese mountain cat

  • Scientific identify: Felis silvestris bieti
  • Weight kgs: 6.5-9
  • Distribution: Central China
  • Habitat: Mountainous terrain
  • Prey: Pika
  • Standing in wild: Weak

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Clouded leopard

  • Scientific identify: Neofelis nebulosa
  • Weight kgs: 12-23
  • Distribution: East Asia
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Prey: Arboreal & terrestrial vertebrates
  • Standing in wild: Weak

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Fishing cat

  • Scientific identify: Prionailurus viverrinus
  • Weight kgs: 5-12
  • Distribution: Asia
  • Habitat: Close to water – thick cowl
  • Prey: Fish and floor animals
  • Standing in wild: Weak

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Flat-headed cat

  • Scientific identify: Prionailurus planiceps
  • Weight kgs: 1.5-2.2
  • Distribution: Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo
  • Habitat: Related to water
  • Prey: Fish
  • Standing in wild: Endangered

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Geoffroy's cat

  • Scientific identify: Leopardus geoffroyi
  • Weight kgs: 2.6-6.5
  • Distribution: Southern areas of S.America
  • Habitat: Temperate and subtropical. Scrubby areas alongside rivers
  • Prey: Small rodents and birds
  • Standing in wild: Least Concern

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Jaguar

  • Scientific identify: Panthera onca
  • Weight kgs: 31-121
  • Distribution: Central & South America
  • Habitat: Dense tropical forest
  • Prey: Wide selection of prey
  • Standing in wild: Close to Threatened

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Jaguarundi

  • Scientific identify: Puma yagouaroundi
  • Weight kgs: Three.5-7
  • Distribution: Mexico by way of to Argentina
  • Habitat: Wide range
  • Prey: Small prey, primarily rodents, birds, reptiles
  • Standing in wild: Least Concern

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Jungle cat

  • Scientific identify: Felis Chaus
  • Weight kgs: Three-10
  • Distribution: Turkey & Egypt to Vietnam
  • Habitat: Swamps
  • Prey: Small mammals
  • Standing in wild: Least Concern

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Kodkod

  • Scientific identify: Leopardus guigna
  • Weight kgs: 1.5-2.Eight
  • Distribution: Chile and Argentina
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Prey: Primarily small mammals
  • Standing in wild: Weak

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Leopard

  • Scientific identify: Panthera pardus
  • Weight kgs: 17-70
  • Distribution: Widest of all of the wild cat species
  • Habitat: Many various habitats
  • Prey: Wide range
  • Standing in wild: Close to Threatened

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Leopard cat

  • Scientific identify: Prionailurus bengalensis
  • Weight kgs: 2-Four
  • Distribution: Asia – the widest of all small wildcats
  • Habitat: Forest – numerous
  • Prey: Small mammals to bugs
  • Standing in wild: Least Concern
  • Subspecies: Iriomote

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Lion

  • Scientific identify: Panthera leo
  • Weight kgs: 90-216
  • Distribution: Sub-Saharan Africa & Northwestern India
  • Habitat: Wooded grassland
  • Prey: Principally ungulates
  • Standing in wild: Weak

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Canada lynx

  • Scientific identify: Lynx canadensis
  • Weight kgs: 5-17
  • Distribution: North America – see map for all lynx species.
  • Habitat: Sometimes coniferous forest
  • Prey: Snowshoe hare
  • Standing in wild: Least Concern

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Eurasian lynx

  • Scientific identify: Lynx lynx
  • Weight kgs: 12-38
  • Distribution: Europe (patchy distribution), via to most of Russia after which Central Asia and in addition Scandinavia. See map.
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Prey: Principally small mammals
  • Standing in wild: Least Concern
  • Rewilding lynx

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Iberian lynx

  • Scientific identify: Lynx pardinus
  • Weight kgs: 7-16
  • Distribution: Spain, Portugal. See map.
  • Habitat: Scrubland to marshes
  • Prey: Rabbits
  • Standing in wild: Critically endangered

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Manul

  • Scientific identify: Otocolobus manul
  • Weight kgs: 2.5-Four.5
  • Distribution: Russia, south to China and Afghanistan
  • Habitat: Asian uplands, hillsides, rocky outcrops
  • Prey: Pika, gerbils, rodents, partridge
  • Standing in wild: Close to Threatened

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Marbled cat

  • Scientific identify: Pardofelis marmorata
  • Weight kgs: 2-5
  • Distribution: Asia
  • Habitat: Lowland tropical forest
  • Prey: Birds, rats, lizards
  • Standing in wild: Weak

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Margay

  • Scientific identify: Leopardus wiedii
  • Weight kgs: Three-Four
  • Distribution: Mexico, Central and S. America
  • Habitat: Main forest
  • Prey: Small rodents, birds, fruit
  • Standing in wild: Close to Threatened

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Ocelot

  • Scientific identify: Leopardus pardalis
  • Weight kgs: 6-16
  • Distribution: Mexico, Central  & South America
  • Habitat: Tropical forest to mangrove
  • Prey: Primarily small mammals
  • Standing in wild: Least Concern

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Oncilla

  • Scientific identify: Leopardus tigrinus
  • Weight kgs: 1.5-2.Eight
  • Distribution: Central & S. America
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Prey: Rodents, lizards, bugs
  • Standing in wild: Weak

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Pampas cat

  • Scientific identify: Leopardus colocolo
  • Weight kgs: 1.7-Three.7
  • Distribution: South America
  • Habitat: Primarily open grassland
  • Prey: Small vertebrae however a generalist
  • Standing in wild: Close to Threatened

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Puma

  • Scientific identify: Puma concolor
  • Weight kgs: 25-80
  • Distribution: North and South America
  • Habitat: Wide range
  • Prey: From mice to moose
  • Standing in wild: Least Concern

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Rusty-spotted cat

  • Scientific identify: Prionailurus rubiginosus
  • Weight kgs: zero.Eight-1.6 (world’s smallest cat)
  • Distribution: India & Sri Lanka
  • Habitat: Moist & dry deciduous forest
  • Prey: Small mammals & birds
  • Standing in wild: Weak

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Sand cat

  • Scientific identify: Prionailurus rubiginosus
  • Weight kgs: zero.Eight-1.6 (world’s smallest cat)
  • Distribution: India & Sri Lanka
  • Habitat: Moist & dry deciduous forest
  • Prey: Small mammals & birds
  • Standing in wild: Weak

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Serval

  • Scientific identify: Leptailurus serval
  • Weight kgs: 7-18
  • Distribution: Africa
  • Habitat: Grassland
  • Prey: Small mammals
  • Standing in wild: Least Concern

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Snow leopard

  • Scientific identify: Panthera uncia
  • Weight kgs: 22-50
  • Distribution: Excessive mountains of Central Asia
  • Habitat: Dry alpine steppe above treeline
  • Prey: Primarily blue sheep & great amount of plant matter
  • Standing in wild: Endangered

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Tiger

  • Scientific identify: Panthera tigris
  • Weight kgs: 75-320
  • Distribution: Asia and Russia
  • Habitat: Tropical forest to birch woodlands
  • Prey: Extraordinarily vast, frogs to elephants
  • Standing in wild: Endangered to Extinct relying on subspecies

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Wildcat

  • Scientific identify (European): Felis silvestris silvestris
  • Scientific identify (African/Asian): Felis silvestris lybica & ornata
  • Chinese language desert cat
  • Weight kgs: 2.Four-7.7
  • Distribution: Broad
  • Habitat: Different
  • Prey: Small mammals, primarily rodents
  • Standing in wild: Least Concern

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Classification of untamed cat species

The classification of untamed cat species is figure in progress. Taxonomy is an evolving science. There have been marked modifications in classification over the previous 100 years. Presently (at 2011) there are 36 species of untamed cat based on the premier e-book on wild cats: Wild Cats Of The World by Mel and Fiona Sunquist. They comply with CITES classification, World Conservation Monitoring Middle (WCMC) and Wild Cats Standing Survey and Conservation Plan. The e-book was revealed 2002. The state of affairs can change. DNA testing has modified issues. I’ve listed the Sunda clouded leopard as a separate species however written about it inside the clouded leopard web page.

The variety of species of untamed cat varies from 36 to 40 (Wikipedia). The variations are in all probability as a result of subspecies being categorised as species. There’s nonetheless disagreement (lion taxonomy). It’s because all of the cats have a really comparable morphology (the shape, construction and options of an animal). All cats, besides the cheetah, behave in an analogous method too. All of the wild cats advanced from eight lineages it’s presently believed.

It’s shocking to notice that there are a selection of species which are little recognized. But we’re nonetheless destroying their habitat. It’s in all probability a case of out of sight and out of thoughts. These are secretive small wildcats dwelling in dense forest avoiding individuals.

Photographic Credit (1)

Apart from Jim Sanderson Ph.D., artistic commons licenses granted by the photographers have permitted me to create derivatives of the originals. Thanks.
Wild cat at prime of web page – by ingirogiro
African golden cat – copyright Terry Whittaker.
Andean mountain cat – Believed Jim Sanderson Ph.D.
Asiatic golden cat – Karen Stout.
Bay cat – Jim Sanderson Ph.D.
Black-footed cat – Unknown, public area.
Bobcat – ForestGladesiWander (Flickr).
Caracal – prb10111—awol (Flickr).
Cheetah – tom raftery (Flickr)
Chinese language desert cat – Believed Jim Sanderson Ph.D.
Clouded leopard – cliff1066 (Flickr).
Fishing cat – cliff1066 (Flickr).
Flat-headed cat – Jim Sanderson Ph.D.
Geoffroy’s cat – MrGuilt
Jaguar – Eric Kilby
Jaguarundi – law_keven
Jungle cat – Dr Tarak N Khan
Kodkod – Jim Sanderson Ph.D.
Leopard – npmeijer

Remark

Go to the subsequent web page for hyperlinks to many pages commenting on numerous points to do with the wildcat species.

Photograph credit (2)

Leopard cat – Wikimedia-commons writer: Kuribo
Lion – Leszek Leszczynski
Lynx – Canadian – -digitalART2
Lynx – Eurasian – belgianchocolate
Lynx – Iberian – Wikimedia commons (c) Programa de Conservación Ex situ del Lince Ibérico www.lynxexsitu.es
Manul – jinterwas
Marbled cat – Wikimedia commons Johan Embréus (Embreus (speak))
Margay – brian.gratwicke
Ocelot – jennicatpink
Oncilla – Wikimedia widespread Geigy
Pampas cat – Wikipedia commons ZooPro
Puma – CaliforniaDFG
Rusty-spotted cat – Wikimedia commons UrLunkwill
Sand cat – Yinghai
Serval – Michael Broad
Snow leopard – Macpedia
Tiger – wwarby
Wildcat – natalief

Sources

1. Wild Cats Of The World – by Mel and Fiona Sunquist. Acknowledged as the most effective e-book on the wild cats.
2. Sometimes Wikipedia.
Three. Nice Cats – Majestic Creatures of the Wild – edited by Dr. John Seidensticker and Sr. Susan Lumpkin. Greatest wild cat pictures.
Four. Wild Cats of the World – by David Alderton
5. IUCN Pink Listing of Threatened Species™
6. Numerous miscellaneous web sites on an advert hoc foundation.
7. Myself.

Observe all pictures are licensed for derivates beneath the related artistic commons license. Jim Sanderson’s pictures aren’t licensed for derivatives. I’ve taken a liberty in making derivatives for this web page. Though in return I promote his work and the conservation of the small cats.


Concerning the classification of the wild cat species (taxonomy). Notice: Though it does make issues much less clear and extra difficult, it’s value noting from the outset that there’s nonetheless disagreement on the variety of species of untamed cats. Thirty-six is probably the most extensively recognised determine. At Sept. 2012, the Wikipedia authors listing 40 wild cats. A current reclassification (Nov 2017) lists 41 species.

The distinction is as a result of they’ve added these cats: (a) a species of the leopard cat, the Iriomote Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis iriomotensis) which is referred to by me as a subspecies (b) Pantanal Cat (Leopardus braccatus) and Colocolo (Leopardus colocolo) that are handled by me because the pampas cat. I’ve 37 separate species listed as a result of I’ve the Chinese language desert cat as a separate species of wildcat and never a subspecies. I’ll change this sooner or later. Difficult? Sure, however everytime you write about or research the wild cats it’s a must to face that drawback. At current you possibly can’t say with full conviction that there are 36 totally different wild cats.

My recommendation is that in case you are writing concerning the wild cats you need to begin with one thing like this (if you wish to, be happy to make use of this):

“At [put date]there’s nonetheless disagreement by scientists on the variety of wild cat species. The bulk agree that there are 36 wild cats. I’ll proceed on the idea that there are 36 species of untamed cat based mostly on the work of the Sunquists of their definitive work: The Wild Cats Of The World, whereas being alert to modifications because of the evolving science of taxonomy…..”

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Standing within the wild is as at 2011 based mostly on IUCN Purple Listing™. See IUCN Pink Listing™ particulars for the wild cats. Home cats have been as soon as wildcats. The most effective sources of informationabout wild cat species have been utilized in compiling this info. You possibly can depend on this info. See tons extra pages on the wild cats.

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