Marbled Cat (Pardofelis marmorata) - Bay Cat Lineage
The Marbled Cat: this species has never been fully studied. Very little is known of its ecology.
Copyright: Global Canopy Programme. Photo by: Jo Ross and Andrew Hearn. (with permission)

The beautifully marked Marbled Cat (Pardofelis marmorata) is another of the secretive cats of South East Asia, that are difficult to observe and little studied.

The cat's appearance is similar to the Clouded Leopard, with blotched markings, large canines and a long tail, just smaller in size.

As are many of the tropical cats, Marbled Cats are forest dependent and thus threatened by the rapid deforestation taking place across Asia. Basic research on this wild cat's biology and ecology is needed to help inform conservation planning.

Marbled Cat Classification

The Marbled Cat belongs to the genus Pardofelis and the full taxonomy (scientific classification) of the Marbled 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: Pardofelis

Species: Pardofelis marmorata (Marbled Cat)


P.m. marmorata

P.m. longicaudata

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Classification Chart

This Marbled Cat classification chart shows where this cat fits into the Felidae family and in particular the Pardofelis genus.

Marbled Cat Classification Diagram
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Marbled Cat Subspecies

Two subspecies of the Marbled Cat have been described in the past and the last Felidae taxonomic revision in 2017 concurs with this. However, studies showed that the distributions differ to the previous range descriptions and therefore one of the subspecies was renamed:

  • Sunda Marbled Cat (Pardofelis marmorata marmorata) - Borneo, Sumatra, Malay Peninsula south of the Isthmus of Kra and south Thailand
    • greyer pelage with large distinct blotches
  • Mainland Marbled Cat (Pardofelis marmorata longicaudata) - Nepal to Assam, Bangladesh, south-east Asia north of the Isthmus of Kra
    • light to dark ochreous brown, fewer blotch-like markings
    • previously P.m. charltonii

Marbled Cat Research

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

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

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Marbled Cat Conservation

The global conservation status for the Marbled Cat is Near Threatened (NT) 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 - Global small cat conservation

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

Past Projects:


Marbled Cat Facts and Information

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

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