Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are one of the adaptable felines that are adjusting to human settlements in North America. However in the more urban areas this brings new direct threats such as vehicle collisions and rodenticides, as well as indirect threats through highways creating barriers to dispersal.

Bobcat (Lynx rufus) Unique Facts

~ Wide variation in coloration and size ~

~ Found in all USA states except Delaware ~

~ Most traded cat in legal international fur trade ~

Bobcat - Lynx rufus - Lynx Genus
California bobcat, Lynx rufus, Bill Wight, Rancho Cucamonga, CA USA
Bill W Ca at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Bobcat (Lynx rufus) Classification

The taxonomy, scientific classification or higher classification of the Bobcat species (Lynx rufus) 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)

Genus: Lynx

Species: Lynx rufus   (Bobcat)

Bobcat (Lynx rufus) Subspecies (lower classifications)

The global conservation status of the Bobcat is Least Concern (LC) and it is one of the more common and adaptable feline species. Historically twelve Bobcat subspecies were recognized however the recent taxonomic revision only recognizes two of these, with two subspecies requiring further research.

1. Lynx rufus rufus - East of the Great Plains, North America

includes the previous subspecies: L. r. rufus, L. r. superiorensis, L. r. floridanus, L. r. gigas

2. Lynx rufus fasciatus - West of the Great Plains, North America

includes the previous subspecies L. r. pallescens, L. r. baileyi, L. r. fasciatus, L. r. californicus, L. r. peninsularis, L. r. texensis

Requiring further research are the Mexican subspecies - L. r. esquinapae and L. r. oaxacensis

References:

  • The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017-1. <www.iucnredlist.org> Lynx rufus as at 23 May 2017.
  • Kitchener et al. 2017. A revised taxonomy of the Felidae. The final report of the Cat Classification Task Force of the IUCN / SSC Cat Specialist Group.

Bobcat Conservation and Research

The following organizations are involved in rescue and rehabilitation of Bobcats that have been injured in urban environments, as well as ongoing essential research:

Bobcat Facts and Information

The following websites have well researched and authoritative information on Bobcats:

Recommended Books about all Wild Cats
Wild Cats of the World - Luke Hunter
Luke Hunter 2015
(general and academic interest)
The Wild Cat Book - Sunquist
Fiona and Mel Sunquist 2014
(general interest)
Small Wild Cats - Sanderson and Watson
J. Sanderson & P. Watson 2011
(general interest)
Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids
D.Macdonald & A.Loveridge 2010
(academic interest)
Wild Cats of the World - Sunquist
Mel and Fiona Sunquist 2002
(general and academic interest)
Lynxs of the World Print
Lynxes of the World Print by Roger Hall
View Lynxes of the World Print
Wild Cats of North America Print
Wild Cats of North America by Roger Hall
View Wild Cats of North America Print