Leopardus wiedii
(Schinz, 1821)
Range From Mexico through Central and South America east of the Andes to Argentina.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Felidae
Genus Leopardus
Species L. weidii
Subspecies See Text
Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)
Near Threatened

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The margay has soft, thick fur marked with dark streaks or spots. It is usually found in humid tropical forests from Mexico through Central and South America east of the Andes to Argentina.

Until the 1980s, huge numbers of margays were hunted for their pelts. Their numbers have fallen dramatically in the southern part of their range. Forest clearance now poses another serious threat.


These are the currently recognized subspecies:

  • Leopardus wiedii wiedii, eastern and central Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, northern Argentina
  • Leopardus wiedii amazonicus, western Brazil, inner parts of Peru, Colombia and Venezuela
  • Leopardus wiedii boliviae, Bolivia - also known as the "ocelittle"
  • Leopardus wiedii cooperi, northern Mexico
  • Leopardus wiedii glauculus, central Mexico
  • Leopardus wiedii nicaraguae, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica
  • Leopardus wiedii oaxacensis, southern Mexico
  • Leopardus wiedii pirrensis, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
  • Leopardus wiedii salvinius, Chiapas, Guatemala, El Salvador
  • Leopardus wiedii yucatanicus, Yucatán

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