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Ocelot
Ocelot-small cats
Leopardus pardalis
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Information
Range Americas
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Felidae
Genus Leopardus
Species L. pardalis
Subspecies See Text
Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)
LCSpecies
Least Concern

Ocelots have short fur with spots that sometimes run in lines along the body. Once hunted for its fur and still threatened by forest clearing, their numbers have been greatly reduced. The ocelot is found in forests and scrubland from the south western USA to the tip of South America.

SubspeciesEdit

The following are the currently recognized subspecies of ocelot:

  • Leopardus pardalis pardalis, Amazon Rainforest
  • Leopardus pardalis aequatorialis, northern Andes and Central America
  • Leopardus pardalis albescens, eastern Mexico, southern Texas
  • Leopardus pardalis melanurus, Venezuela, Guyana, Trinidad
  • Leopardus pardalis mitis, Argentina, Paraguay
  • Leopardus pardalis nelsoni, southwestern Mexico
  • Leopardus pardalis pseudopardalis, Colombia
  • Leopardus pardalis puseaus, Ecuador
  • Leopardus pardalis sonoriensis, northwestern Mexico, southern Arizona
  • Leopardus pardalis steinbachi, Bolivia

Certain ocelot subspecies are officially endangered, although the species as a whole is not.

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