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Pantanal Cat[1]
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Leopardus
Species: L. braccatus
Binomial name
Leopardus braccatus
Cope, 1889

The Pantanal Cat (Leopardus braccatus) is a small feline of Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay. Until recently it was considered a subspecies of the Colocolo.

The Pantanal Cat is relatively new to science, and not well-documented. A taxonomic evaluation of 96 museum specimens led García-Perea (1994) to propose that, given pronounced geographic differences, the "Colocolo Pampas cat" (Leopardus colocolo) is actually three distinct species: the Pampas Cat, Leopardus pajeros (high Andes from Ecuador to Patagonia and throughout Argentina); the Pantanal Cat, Leopardus braccatus (Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay); and the Colocolo, Leopardus colocolo (Chile). [2]

Subspecies

  • Leopardus braccatus braccatus (Cope, 1889)
  • Leopardus braccatus munoai (Ximenez, 1961)

References

  1. ^ Wozencraft, W. C. (16 November 2005). Wilson, D. E., and Reeder, D. M. (eds). ed. Mammal Species of the World (3rd edition ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 537-538. ISBN 0-801-88221-4. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3. 
  2. ^ http://www.lioncrusher.com/animal.asp?animal=223
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