A page setting out the six species of leopard. For a long time there was confusion over the name of the leopard. I’ll write about that some other time but the Latin, scientific name is made up of the now obsolete names of this wild cat species: Pathera pardus (an amalgamation of “panther” and “pard”).
The chart below shows how many species of leopard there are in the cat family today. The first in the list is the cat which we refer to as the leopard or common leopard.
|Leopard Species||Scientific Name|
|American Leopard (Jaguar) (South and Central America)||panthera onca|
|Snow Leopard (or Ounce) (Central Asia)||Uncia uncia|
|Hunting Leopard (now Cheetah) (Africa and Asia)||Acinonyx jubatus|
|Clouded Leopard (Asia)||Neofelis nebulosa|
|Sunda Clouded Leopard (Sumatra and Borneo)||Neofelis diardi|
You can read about various aspects these wild cat species on PoC, in detail. Please use the search facility below:
The source of the information on this page is: Leopard by Desmond Morris published by Reaktion Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1-78023-279-9