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Ocelot
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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)
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Least Concern

The Ocelot is a small wild cat native to the Americas. They 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.

Subspecies

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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