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Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Faimily: Felidae
Genus: Leopardus
Species: L. pardalis
Binomial name
Leopardus pardalis
(Linnaeus, 1758)
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Ocelot range

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.[3][4] North o Mexico, it is foond regularly anly in the extreme soothren pairt o Texas,[5] altho thare are rare sichtins in soothren Arizona.[6]

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. Wozencraft, W. C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M. Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 539. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. Caso, A., Lopez-Gonzalez, C., Payan, E., Eizirik, E., de Oliveira, T., Leite-Pitman, R., Kelly, M. & Valderrama, C. (2008). "Leopardus pardalis". IUCN Reid Leet o Threatened Species. Version 2008. Internaitional Union for Conservation o Naitur. Retrieved 22 March 2009.  Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
  3. Mammal Species of the World – Browse: melanurus. Bucknell.edu. Retrieved on 2012-04-10.
  4. Ocelot. The Animal Files. Retrieved on 2012-04-10.
  5. "The Nature Conservancy in Texas – Mammals – Ocelot". nature.org. 
  6. "North American Mammals – Carnivora – Felidae – Leopardus pardalis". Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 

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