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Feline Species Information
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There are 36-38 species of wild cats, depending on which book/website you look at regarding felid taxonomy. The Chinese desert cat (aka Chinese mountain cat) is often regarded as a subspecies of Felis sylvestris. Most recently, the oncilla (aka tigrina) (Leopardus tigrinus) has been proposed to be two species, see this article. The genus designations have changed for many recently based on genetic analysis. For example, the snow leopard being in 'panthera' or 'uncia', all small cats being 'felis' vs many different small cat genera, etc.

Most species are further divided into subspecies, based on physical distinction and/or geographic separation. Most cat species' subspeciation is a topic of debate.

Separate pages exist for some of the species below if we house them or if I have pictures I've personally taken of them. View current IUCN (World Conservation Union) Red List status for all Felidae species. The Red List takes into account overall world-wide populations, so even if a cat is endangered in one country or state, as a species it may not be listed as endangered. The six categories are: Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Near Threatened, Least Concern, and Data Deficient.

Wild Cat Species (alphabetical by common name)
* African golden cat (Caracal aurata)
* Andean mountain cat (Leopardus jacobita)
* Asian golden cat (Catopuma temminckii)
* Black-footed cat (Felis nigripes)
* Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
* Bornean bay cat (Catopuma badia)
* Canadian lynx (Lynx canadensis)
* Caracal (Caracal caracal)
* Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
* Chinese mountain cat (Felis bieti)
* Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)
* Cougar (Puma concolor)
* Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx)
* Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus)
* Flat-headed cat (Prionailurus planiceps)
* Geoffroys cat (Leopardus geoffroyi)
* Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus)
* Jaguar (Panthera onca)
* Jaguarundi (Puma yagouarundi)
* Jungle cat (Felis chaus)
* Kodkod (Guigna) (Leopardus guigna)
* Leopard (Panthera pardus)
* Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis)
* Lion (Panthera leo)
* Marbled cat (Pardofelis marmorata)
* Margay (Leopardus wiedii)
* Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)
* Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus)
* Pampas cat (Leopardus colocolo)
* Pallas cat (Otocolobus manul)
* Rusty-spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus)
* Sand cat (Felis margarita)
* Serval (Leptailurus serval)
* Snow leopard (Panthera uncia)
* Sunda Clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi)
* Tiger (Panthera tigris)
* Wildcat (Felis silvestris)

Wild Cat Species (alphabetical by scientific name)
* Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
* African golden cat (Caracal aurata)
* Caracal (Caracal caracal)
* Asian golden cat (Catopuma temminckii)
* Bornean bay cat (Catopuma badia)
* Chinese mountain cat (Felis bieti)
* Jungle cat (Felis chaus)
* Sand cat (Felis margarita)
* Black-footed cat (Felis nigripes)
* Wildcat (Felis silvestris)
* Pampas cat (Leopardus colocolo)
* Geoffroys cat (Leopardus geoffroyi)
* Kodkod (Guigna) (Leopardus guigna)
* Andean mountain cat (Leopardus jacobita)
* Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)
* Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus)
* Margay (Leopardus wiedii)
* Serval (Leptailurus serval)
* Canadian lynx (Lynx canadensis)
* Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx)
* Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus)
* Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
* Sunda Clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi)
* Clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)
* Pallas cat (Otocolobus manul)
* Lion (Panthera leo)
* Jaguar (Panthera onca)
* Leopard (Panthera pardus)
* Tiger (Panthera tigris)
* Snow leopard (Panthera uncia)
* Marbled cat (Pardofelis marmorata)
* Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis)
* Flat-headed cat (Prionailurus planiceps)
* Rusty-spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus)
* Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus)
* Cougar (Puma concolor)
* Jaguarundi (Puma yagouarundi)