Borneo Bay Cat (Catopuma badia) - Bay Cat Lineage
A captive Bay Cat in Sarawak 2005 by Jim Sanderson [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

The rare Borneo Bay Cat (Catopuma badia) is endemic to Borneo where few sightings have been recorded, even during research studies focused on felids.

The Bay Cat appearance is similar to the Asiatic Golden Cat, with variable plain coat colors and facial markings, just smaller in size.

The species is also likely dependent on forest habitat and thus threatened primarily by increasing deforestation on the island. Other threats include poaching for the wildlife and pet market due to the cat's rarity.

Borneo Bay Cat Classification

The Borneo Bay Cat belongs to the genus Catopuma and the full taxonomy (scientific classification) of the Borneo Bay Cat species is:

Kingdom: Animalia (animals)

Phylum: Chordata (vertebrates)

Class: Mammalia (mammals)

Order: Carnivora (carnivores)

Suborder: Feliformia (cat-like)

Family: Felidae (cats)

Subfamily: Felinae (small cats)

Genus: Catopuma

Species: Catopuma badia (Borneo Bay Cat)

Subspecies: none

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Classification Chart

This Borneo Bay Cat classification chart shows where this cat fits into the Felidae family and in particular the Catopuma genus.

Borneo Bay Cat Classification Diagram
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Borneo Bay Cat Subspecies

The Borneo Bay Cat has been described as a monotypic species (no subspecies) in the past and the last Felidae taxonomic revision in 2017 continues with this classification. Historically this cat has been classified under the Pardofelis genus as Pardofelis badia.

Borneo Bay Cat Research

Here is a list of papers published on Borneo Bay Cats. Click on the title bar to view the abstract and the link to the article.

View more articles on Catopuma badia in the IUCN Cat Specialist Group database (scroll down once the library page is loaded to see the list).

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Borneo Bay Cat Conservation

The global conservation status for the Borneo Bay Cat is Endangered (EN) and the population is declining.

At this time there appears to be no active projects focused on this species, however the following organizations are dedicated to research and conservation in the region and other small cats:

South East Asia Projects - Chester Zoo (UK)

Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation SWCCF (USA) - Global small cat conservation

Please support these organizations with their important work. No matter the size of your contribution, every bit helps!

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Borneo Bay Cat Facts and Information

The following websites have well researched and authoritative information on Borneo Bay Cats:

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