The little known Flat-headed Cat (Prionailurus planiceps) is only found in the low lying wetland habitats of Sumatra, Borneo and the Malayan Peninsular. The Flat-headed Cat readily takes to water and has partially webbed feet and backward facing teeth that help it to catch fish and other slippery aquatic creatures. Wetland destruction and the rapid rate of deforestation in the region are serious threats to the survival of this rare, specialist cat.
Key Facts about Flat-headed Cats
~ Elongated flat head ~
~ Adaptated for semi-aquatic lifestyle ~
~ Very few studies ~
Flat-headed Cat (Prionailurus planiceps) Classification
The Flat-headed Cat belongs to the genus Prionailurus and the full taxonomy, scientific classification or higher classification of the Flat-headed Cat species (Prionailurus planiceps) is 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: Prionailurus planiceps (Flat-headed Cat)
Flat-headed Cat (Prionailurus planiceps) Subspecies
The global conservation status for the Flat-headed Cat is Endangered (EN) and populations are declining.
The Flat-headed Cat has been described as a monotypic species (no subspecies) in the past and the current Felidae taxonomic revision continues with this classification.
Flat-headed Cat Conservation & Research
The following organizations are dedicated to research and conservation of Flat-headed Cats and other small cats:
- Brunei Asia - Flat-headed Cat Status in Brunei
- Global small cat conservation - Small Cat Conservation Alliance
Please support them with their important work. No matter how small or large your donation, every bit helps!
- Borneo - Borneo Wild Cat Project
Flat-headed Cat Facts and Information
The following websites have well researched and authoritative information on Flat-headed Cats:
- Flat-headed Cat Fact Sheet - International Society for Endangered Cats (ISEC)
- Flat-headed Cat Images and Video Clips in the Wild - ARKive