Panthera

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Panthera[1]
Temporal range: Burdigalian tae Subatlantic.
Tap tae bottom: teeger, lion, jaguar, an leopard.
Scienteefic classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Pantherinae
Genus: Panthera
Oken, 1816
Type species
Felis pardus
Linnaeus, 1758

Panthera is a genus o the faimily Felidae (cats), which contains fower well-kent livin speshies: the teeger, the lion, the jaguar, an the leopard. The genus comprises aboot half o the Pantherinae subfaimily, the big cats. The wird panther, while technically referrin tae aw memmers o the genus, is commonly uised tae specifically designate the black panther, a melanistic jaguar or leopard, an the Florida panther, a subspeshie o cougar (Puma concolor coryi).

Speshies, subspeshies, an populations[eedit | eedit soorce]

There hae been mony subspeshies o aw fower Panthera speshies suggested; however, mony o the leopard an lion subspeshies are questionable. Recently it haes been proposed that aw sub-Saharan populations o leopards are o the same leopard subspeshies an that aw sub-Saharan populations o lions likewise belong tae the same lion subspeshies, as thay dae nae hae sufficient genetic distinction atween them. Some prehistoric lion subspeshies hae been describit frae historical evidence an fossils. Thay mey hae been separate speshies.

The "black panther" is nae a distinct species but is just the common name for black (melanistic) specimens o the genus, maist eften encountered in jaguar an leopard speshies.

Taxa[eedit | eedit soorce]

(Extinct speshies an subspeshies are indicatit wi the seembol †)

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

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  4. Luo SJ, Kim JH, Johnson WE, Walt Jvd, Martenson J, et al. (2004). "Phylogeography and Genetic Ancestry of Tigers (Panthera tigris)". PLoS Biol 2 (12): e442. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0020442. PMC 534810. PMID 15583716.