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Ocelot
Ocelot (Jaguatirica) Zoo Itatiba.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Faimily: Felidae
Genus: Leopardus
Species: L. pardalis[1]
Binomial name
Leopardus pardalis[1]
Subspeshies

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Ocelot distribution.jpg
Distribution o the Ocelot, 2016[2]
Synonyms[3]

Felis buffoni Brass, 1911
Felis chati Gray, 1827
Felis hamiltonii J. B. Fischer, 1829
Felis mexicana Kerr, 1792
Felis pardalis Linnaeus, 1758
Leopardus griseus Gray, 1842

The ocelot (/ˈɒsəlɒt/; Leopardus pardalis), an aa kent as the dwarf leopard, is a wild cat distributit extensively ower Sooth Americae includin the islands o Trinidad an Margarita, Central Americae, an Mexico. It haes been reportit as far north as Texas.[4][5] North o Mexico, it is foond regularly anly in the extreme soothren pairt o Texas,[6] altho thare are rare sichtins in soothren Arizona.[7]

The ocelot is similar in appearance tae a domestic cat. Its fur resembles that o a cloodit leopard or jaguar an wis ance regardit as particularly valuable. As a result, hundreds o thoosands o ocelots wur ance killed for thair fur. The feline wis classified a "vulnerable" endangered species frae 1972 till 1996, an is nou ratit "least concern" bi the 2008 IUCN Reid Leet.

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  1. Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M., eds. (2005). "Species Leopardus pardalis". Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 539. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Paviolo, A.; Crawshaw, P.; Caso, A.; de Oliveira, T.; Lopez-Gonzalez, C.A.; Kelly, M.; De Angelo, C. & Payan, E. (2016). "Leopardus pardalis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2015: e.T11509A97212355. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T11509A50653476.en. 
  3. Murray, J. L.; Gardner, G. L. (1997). "Leopardus pardalis". Mammalian Species (548): 1–10. doi:10.2307/3504082. JSTOR 3504082. 
  4. Mammal Species of the World – Browse: melanurus. Bucknell.edu. Retrieved on 2012-04-10.
  5. Ocelot. The Animal Files. Retrieved on 2012-04-10.
  6. "The Nature Conservancy in Texas – Mammals – Ocelot". nature.org. 
  7. "North American Mammals – Carnivora – Felidae – Leopardus pardalis". Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 

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