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Fossil range: Late Pliocene - Recent
Acinonyx jubatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Acinonyx
Brookes, 1828

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Acinomyx de Beaumont, 1964
Cynaelurus Gloger, 1841
Cynailurus Wagner, 1830
Cynofelis Lesson, 1842
Guepar Boitard, 1842
Gueparda Gray, 1843
Guepardus Duvernoy, 1834
Paracinonyx Kretzoi, 1929

Acinonyx is a genus of mammals from the family Felidae. It is currently distributed in Africa and Asia, but used to be present in Europe too. The Cheetah is the only extant species in the Acinonyx genus. Wozencraft (1993) put the genus Acinonyx in their own monophyletic subfamily, Acinonychinae. Salles (1992), Johnson & O'Brien (1997), Bininda-Emonds et al. (1999), and Mattern and McLennan (2000) consider Acinonyx, Puma concolor, and Puma (= Herpailurus) yagouaroundi as representatives of closely related sister groups.



  1. ^ Christiansen, J., and J.H. Mazák. 2008. A primitive Late Pliocene cheetah, and evolution of the cheetah lineage. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Published online before print December 29, 2008, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0810435106.

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Acinonyx jubatus




From Ancient Greek ἀ- (a-), not) + κινέω (kineō), I move) + ὄνυξ (onuks), claw)

Proper noun


  1. (taxonomy) A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Felinae — the cheetahs.

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Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Acinonyx jubatus


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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Mammalia
Subclassis: Theria
Infraclassis: Placentalia
Superordo: Laurasiatheria
Ordo: Carnivora
Subordo: Feliformia
Familia: Felidae
Subfamilia: Felinae
Genus: Acinonyx
Species: Acinonyx jubatus†Acinonyx kurteni- †Acinonyx aicha- †Acinonyx intermedius- †Acinonyx pardinensis


Acinonyx Brookes, 1828

Type species: (by monotypy) Acinonyx venator Brookes, 1828 ( = Felis jubata Schreber, 1775 )


  • Acinonyx on Mammal Species of the World.
    Don E. Wilson & DeeAnn M. Reeder (editors). 2005. Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed).
  • Cat. anat. zool. Mus. J. Brookes: 16, 33

Vernacular names

Български: Гепард
English: Cheetah
Español: Guepardo, Chita
Português: Guepardo
Українська: Гепард
中文: 獵豹

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