The 5 Cats of the Felis Lineage (largest to smallest)

The Felis lineage consists of 5 small wild cats in the Felis genus as well as the domestic cat (Felis catus).
The three Wildcat (Felis silvestris) subspecies are sometimes listed as separate species, and the domestic cat is not usually included.
The way this particular group is described often accounts for the differences reported in the total number of wild cat species.

Video Clips Taken in the Wild

Jungle Cat Videos
ARKive video - Jungle cat in habitat
Wildcat Videos
ARKive video - European wildcat - overview
Sand Cat Videos
ARKive video - Sand cat in desert habitat
Black-footed Cat Videos
ARKive video - Black-footed cat - overview

Wild Cat CourseFelis Lineage Cat Quiz

Click through on the images, videos and fact sheets above to find the answers to this quiz. Good luck!

1. Which species is the ancestor of the domestic cat?

2. Which cat is often quoted as the smallest cat species?

3. Which of these cats only occur on one continent (“endemic”)?

4. Which of these cats occur in the Americas?

5. Which cat only has the extreme end of its range in Africa?

6. Which species can breed with domestic cats and is thus affecting their pure bred gene pool dramatically?

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