Asian Leopard Cat

Communication is by:

Reproduction:

  • Gestation: 60-70 days
  • Litter: 2-3 kittens (75-130 grams each)
  • Dens are tree hollows, between rocks etc.

Subspecies

Tsushima Leopard Cat
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The cat in the picture above is the Tsushima Cat that lives only on the Tsushima Island in the Korea Strait. The population is vulnerable and this sub-species has been reduced to an estimated 70 and 90 cats as at 1997. This cat was first regarded as a separate species, later as a subspecies of the Leopard cat, and now as a variety of the Manchurian subspecies, P. b. euptailurus — see below in red (src: Wikipedia).

  • Prionailurus bengalensis chinensis, China, Taiwan, Philippines
  • Prionailurus bengalensis alleni, Hainan Island (China)
  • Prionailurus bengalensis bengalensis, India, Bangladesh, Southeast Asian mainland, Yunnan
  • Prionailurus bengalensis javanensis, Java
  • Prionailurus bengalensis borneoensis, Borneo (Borneo is being denuded of forest cover for logging)
  • Prionailurus bengalensis sumatranus, Sumatra (Sumatra is also being denuded of forest by the huge paper pulp companies with the endorsement of the government, which is destroying the Sumatran tiger. Also see Sumatran tiger attacks (new window).
  • Prionailurus bengalensis euptailurus, eastern Siberia, Mongolia, Manchuria
  • Prionailurus bengalensis heaneyi, Palawan island, Philippines
  • Prionailurus bengalensis horsfieldi, Himalaya
  • Prionailurus bengalensis rabori, Philippines (Negros, Cebu, and Panay)
  • Prionailurus bengalensis trevelyani, eastern Pakistan

The Iriomote Cat (Prionailurus bengalensis ssp. iriomotensis) although once considered a separate species, genetic analysis confirms that it is a subspecies. It lives exclusively on the tiny island of Iriomote.

There would seem to be some uncertainty as to the number of subspecies as the Red List “includes” five.

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ Assessment

The Asian leopard cat is classified as Least Concern (LC). Humans have the same classification.

IUCN-Least Concern

The justification for this classification is:

  • the cat is widespread and relatively common (claimed as at 1996 and 2002 – Sunquist and Sunquist Wild Cats of the World authors)
  • species is stable in many areas and thriving in some altered habitats (e.g. plantations)

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  1. All that I want, is a purebred Asian Leopard Cat ,….in the 9 1/2, 10 to pound range, for a ((pet))! I already have a Bangel and he has been a pet for about (14) years, so I know a ‘Bangle’, being called an Asian Leopard Cat, in my sleep, lol, lol. Both of my Cousins have Female Mountain Lions, as pets and one frequently lets his kids play around them, etc. No, I don’t want the ‘lecture’ about it,my mom also has a Tabby/Bobcat, from Tucson and I’m not going to tell you where the ornery brat’s at! All that I want is a ((purebred Asian Leopard Cat Cub or young Male)). any volunteers???????????????????????

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