The wide ranging Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) is the largest of the cats in the Lynx genus. Due to hunting for their luxurious fur as well as persecution by farmers they have been extirpated from large areas within their range. Some of the remaining isolated subpopulations are now severely threatened.

Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) Unique Facts

~ Most variable coat coloration between winter and summer  ~

~ Highly variable coat patterns among individuals ~

~ Wide range from Europe through Russia to Central Asia ~

Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx)
Lynx in National Park Bavarian Forest
By Aconcagua (Own work), GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) Classification

The taxonomy or scientific classification of the Eurasian Lynx species (Lynx lynx) is as follows:

Kingdom: Animalia   (animals)

Phylum: Chordata   (vertebrates)

Class: Mammalia   (mammals)

Order: Carnivora   (carnivores)

Suborder: Feliformia   (cat-like)

Family: Felidae   (cats)

Genus: Lynx

Species: Lynx lynx (Eurasian Lynx)

 

Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) Subspecies (lower classifications)

Eurasian Lynx are listed as Least Concern (LC) globally and for the European region but as Endangered (EN) for the Mediterranean region. Currently six subspecies are recognized with the Balkan Lynx listed as Critically Endangered (CR), and a further three subspecies under review.

Lynx lynx lynx
Lynx lynx carpathicus
Lynx lynx balcanicus
Lynx lynx dinniki
Lynx lynx isabellinus
Lynx lynx wrangeli

Northern Lynx
Carpathian Lynx
Balkan Lynx
Caucasus Lynx
Turkestan Lynx
Siberian Lynx

Reference: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017-1. <www.iucnredlist.org> Lynx lynx 23 May 2017.

 

Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) Conservation

The following organizations are all involved in protecting the Eurasian Lynx, including re-introduction to areas where the lynx have historically been eradicated due to persecution and the fur trade.

 

Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) Facts and Information

The following links will take you to websites with well researched and authoritative information on the Eurasian Lynx:

Recommended Books about all Wild Cats
Wild Cats of the World - Luke Hunter
Luke Hunter 2015
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The Wild Cat Book - Sunquist
Fiona and Mel Sunquist 2014
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Small Wild Cats - Sanderson and Watson
J. Sanderson & P. Watson 2011
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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)