The 3 Cats of the Bay Cat Lineage
The Bay Cat Lineage consists of three varied cats in the Pardofelis ('panther cat') and Catopuma genera.
These cats inhabit the forests of South East Asia and have been little studied.
The Bay Cat lineage is the second oldest Felidae lineage to diverge from the ancestral cat species in Asia at 9.4 million years ago and three species evolved in South East Asia.
The two cats of the Catopuma genus are the Asiatic Golden Cat and the Borneo Bay Cat.
The Pardofelis genus consists of only one cat - the Marbled Cat.
Bay Cat Family Classification
In scientific classification (taxonomy) the forest cats of the Bay Cat lineage belong to the cat family Felidae and the small cat subfamily Felinae. The higher and lower classifications of this group are as follows:
Kingdom: Animalia (animals)
Phylum: Chordata (vertebrates)
Class: Mammalia (mammals)
Order: Carnivora (carnivores)
Suborder: Feliformia (cat-like)
Family: Felidae (cats)
Subfamily: Felinae (small cats)
Species: Catopuma badia (Borneo Bay Cat)
Species: Pardofelis marmorata (Marbled Cat)
Bay Cat Lineage Cat Quiz
Click through on the images, videos and fact sheets above to find the answers to this quiz. Good luck!
1. What type of habitat do these three cats occupy?
2. Which cat was thought to be extinct until recently?
3. Which cat only occurs in Borneo?
4. Which other cat is the Marbled Cat similar to in coat pattern?
5. Which cat has a counterpart in Africa although they are not related?
6. Which cat lives primarily in trees?