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Leopard cat
Scientific classification
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Faimily: Felidae
Genus: Prionailurus
Species: P. bengalensis
Binomial name
Prionailurus bengalensis[2]
(Kerr, 1792)
Leopard cat range
A Leopard cat photographed in the Sundarbans, Indie

The leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) is a smaw wild cat that bides in Sooth, Sootheast an East Aisie. Syne 2002 it haes been cawd Least Concern on the IUCN Reid Leet as it is widely distributit but threatened bi habitat loss an huntin in pairts o its range.[1] There are 12 leopard cat subspecies, which differ widely in fur colour, tail lenth, skull shape an size o carnassials.[3]

The leopard cat isnae closely relatit to the leopard. It is cried "leopard cat" acause o its spots.


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Leopard cats bide in the Roushien Far East, Korea, Cheenae, Indocheenae, the Indien subcontinent, northren Pakistan, the Philippines an the Sunda isles o Indoneisie.

The Iriomote cat, a subspecies o leopard cat, bides anely on the Japanee isle o Iriomote.

Leopard cats forordinar bide in forests, but thay bide in ferms an plantations as weel.


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  1. a b Ross, J.; Brodie, J.; Cheyne, S.; Hearn, A.; Izawa, M.; Loken, B.; Lynam, A.; McCarthy, J.; Mukherjee, S.; Phan, C.; Rasphone, A. & Wilting, A. (2015). "Prionailurus bengalensis". IUCN Reid Leet o Threatened Species. Version 2016.2. Internaitional Union for Conservation o Naitur. Cite uses deprecated parameter |last-author-amp= (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors leet (link) CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 542. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.
  3. Groves, C. P. (1997). "Leopard-cats, Prionailurus bengalensis (Carnivora: Felidae) from Indonesia and the Philippines, with the description of two new species". Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde. 62: 330–338.

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