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 catLeopard cat
Andean mountain catLion
Asiatic golden catLynx – Canadian
Bay catLynx – Eurasian
Black-footed catLynx – Iberian
BobcatManul
Caracal Marbled cat
CheetahMargay
Chinese desert catOcelot
Clouded leopard Oncilla
Fishing catPampas cat (treated as 1 species)
Flat-headed catPuma
Geoffroy’s catRusty-spotted cat
JaguarSand cat
JaguarundiServal
Jungle catSnow leopard
KodkodTiger
LeopardWildcat

 

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 kgs2-4
Distribution
Asia – the widest of all small wildcats
Habitat
Forest – various
Prey
Small mammals to insects
Status in wild
Least Concern
SubspeciesIriomote
images
UP
Lion

Scientific name
Panthera leo
Weight kgs90-216
Distribution
Sub-Saharan Africa & Northwestern India
Habitat
Wooded grassland
Prey
Principally ungulates
Status in wild
Vulnerable
UP
Canada lynx

Scientific name
Lynx canadensis
Weight kgs5-17
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 kgs12-38
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 kgs7-16
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 kgs2.5-4.5
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 kgs2-5
Distribution
Asia
Habitat
Lowland tropical forest
Prey
Birds, rats, lizards
Status in wild
Vulnerable
UP
margay

Scientific name
Leopardus wiedii
Weight kgs3-4
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 kgs6-16
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 kgs1.5-2.8
Distribution
Central & S. America
Habitat
Forest
Prey
Rodents, lizards, insects
Status in wild
Vulnerable
UP
pampas cat

Scientific name
Leopardus colocolo
Weight kgs1.7-3.7
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 kgs25-80
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 kgs0.8-1.6 (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 kgs1.3-3.4
Distribution
Fragmented – from the western Sahara to Uzbekistan
Habitat
Sandy desert
Prey
Small mammals, reptiles, birds
Status in wild
Near Threatened – update: Least Concern Nov 2016.
UP
serval

Scientific name
Leptailurus serval
Weight kgs7-18
Distribution
Africa
Habitat
Grassland
Prey
Small mammals
Status in wild
Least Concern
UP
snow leopard

Scientific name
Panthera uncia
Weight kgs22-50
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 kgs75-320
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
UP
Wild cat

Scientific name – European
Felis silvestris silvestris
Scientific name – African/Asian
Felis silvestris lybica & ornata
Weight kgs2.4-7.7
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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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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