Wild Cat Species Page 2

This page: Leopard cat to wildcat. This is a continuation of page 1 on the wild cat species. On page 1, the listed cats are from the African golden cat to the leopard (18 wild cat species). Please click on the link to go to a world map showing what wild cat species occupy which country.

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African golden cat Leopard cat
Andean mountain cat Lion
Asiatic golden cat Lynx – Canadian
Bay cat Lynx – Eurasian
Black-footed cat Lynx – Iberian
Bobcat Manul
Caracal Marbled cat
Cheetah Margay
Chinese desert cat Ocelot
Clouded leopard Oncilla
Fishing cat Pampas cat (treated as 1 species)
Flat-headed cat Puma
Geoffroy’s cat Rusty-spotted cat
Jaguar Sand cat
Jaguarundi Serval
Jungle cat Snow leopard
Kodkod Tiger
Leopard Wildcat

 

On this page I list the next 18 wild cat species, from the leopard cat to the wildcat. The total number of wild cats species that I have listed is 37 (36 separate entries with 2 species of clouded leopard making 37). As I have noted on the first page, the number of species is not agreed amongst all scientists. The pampas cat is a current area of dispute it seems as it may be three separate species (according to the Wikipedia authors and Google thinks they are good!).

Status in the wild is at 2011.

leopard cat

Scientific name
Prionailurus bengalensis
Weight kgs 2-4
Distribution
Asia – the widest of all small wildcats
Habitat
Forest – various
Prey
Small mammals to insects
Status in wild
Least Concern
Subspecies Iriomote
images
UP
Lion

Scientific name
Panthera leo
Weight kgs 90-216
Distribution
Sub-Saharan Africa & Northwestern India
Habitat
Wooded grassland
Prey
Principally ungulates
Status in wild
Vulnerable
UP
Canada lynx

Scientific name
Lynx canadensis
Weight kgs 5-17
Distribution
North America – see map for all lynx species.
Habitat
Typically coniferous forest
Prey
Snowshoe hare
Status in wild
Least Concern
UP
Eurasian lynx

Scientific name
Lynx lynx
Weight kgs 12-38
Distribution
Europe (patchy distribution), through to most of Russia and then Central Asia and also Scandinavia. See map.
Habitat
Forest
Prey
Principally small mammals
Status in wild
Least Concern
Rewilding lynx
UP
Iberian lynx

Scientific name
Lynx pardinus
Weight kgs 7-16
Distribution
Spain, Portugal. See map.
Habitat
Scrubland to marshes
Prey
Rabbits
Status in wild
Critically Endangered
UP
Manul - Pallas's cat

Scientific name
Otocolobus manul
Weight kgs 2.5-4.5
Distribution
Russia, south to China and Afghanistan
Habitat
Asian uplands, hillsides, rocky outcrops
Prey
Pika, gerbils, rodents, partridge
Status in wild
Near threatened
UP
marbled cat

Scientific name
Pardofelis marmorata
Weight kgs 2-5
Distribution
Asia
Habitat
Lowland tropical forest
Prey
Birds, rats, lizards
Status in wild
Vulnerable
UP
margay

Scientific name
Leopardus wiedii
Weight kgs 3-4
Distribution
Mexico, Central and S. America
Habitat
Primary forest
Prey
Small rodents, birds, fruit
Status in wild
Near Threatened
UP
ocelot

Scientific name
Leopardus pardalis
Weight kgs 6-16
Distribution
Mexico, Central  & South America
Habitat
Tropical forest to mangrove
Prey
Mainly small mammals
Status in wild
Least Concern
UP
oncilla

Scientific name
Leopardus tigrinus
Weight kgs 1.5-2.8
Distribution
Central & S. America
Habitat
Forest
Prey
Rodents, lizards, insects
Status in wild
Vulnerable
UP
pampas cat

Scientific name
Leopardus colocolo
Weight kgs 1.7-3.7
Distribution
South America
Habitat
Mainly open grassland
Prey
Small vertebrae but a generalist.
Status in wild
Near Threatened
UP
puma

Scientific name
Puma concolor
Weight kgs 25-80
Distribution
North and South America
Habitat
Wide variety
Prey
From mice to moose
Status in wild
Least Concern
UP
rusty-spotted cat

Scientific name
Prionailurus rubiginosus
Weight kgs 0.8-1.6 (world’s smallest cat)
Distribution
India & Sri Lanka
Habitat
Moist & dry deciduous forest
Prey
Small mammals & birds
Status in wild
Vulnerable
UP
sand cat

Scientific name
Felis margarita
Weight kgs 1.3-3.4
Distribution
Fragmented – from the western Sahara to Uzbekistan
Habitat
Sandy desert
Prey
Small mammals, reptiles, birds
Status in wild
Near Threatened
UP
serval

Scientific name
Leptailurus serval
Weight kgs 7-18
Distribution
Africa
Habitat
Grassland
Prey
Small mammals
Status in wild
Least Concern
UP
snow leopard

Scientific name
Panthera uncia
Weight kgs 22-50
Distribution
High mountains of Central Asia
Habitat
Dry alpine steppe above treeline
Prey
Primarily blue sheep & large amount of plant matter
Status in wild
Endangered
UP
tiger

Scientific name
Panthera tigris
Weight kgs 75-320
Distribution
Asia and Russia
Habitat
Tropical forest to birch woodlands
Prey
Extremely wide, frogs to elephants
Status in wild
Endangered to Extinct depending on subspecies
Link to more – site
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Wild cat

Scientific name – European
Felis silvestris silvestris
Scientific name – African/Asian
Felis silvestris lybica & ornata
Weight kgs 2.4-7.7
Distribution
Wide
Habitat
Varied
Prey
Small mammals, mainly rodents
Status in wild
Least Concern
Link to more – African
Chinese desert cat
African-Asian wildcat

 

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Go to the next page for links to many pages commenting on various issues to do with the wildcat species.

Photograph credits

Leopard cat – Wikimedia-commons author: 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 (talk))
Margay – brian.gratwicke
Ocelot – jennicatpink
Oncilla – Wikimedia common 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

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Wild Cat Species Page 2 — 2 Comments

  1. I think they don’t have anything to worry about I mean a tiger did mate with a lion same with the leopard with these hybrids maybe some of these species won’t go vanish

    • Hi Lisa. I think you are wrong, tigers can mate with lions in captivity but they don’t do it in the wild because they don’t meet and they’d be enemies in the wild if they did meet. In captivity they are domesticated. The same applies to the leopard. The leopard is very rarely mated with other species in captivity and never in the wild.

      Thanks for commenting though.

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