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

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 sub-populations are now severely threatened.

Lynx Lineage

1. Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx)

2. Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis)

3. Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus)

4. Bobcat (Lynx rufus)

Key Facts about Eurasian Lynxes

~ Seasonal coat color changes ~

~ Variable coat patterns ~

~ Wide range Europe to Asia ~

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)

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Lynxes of the World Print by Roger Hall
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Eurasian lynx sheltering from snow under rock ledge by Fabio Liverani

Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) Subspecies

Lower classifications

The global conservation status for Eurasian Lynx is Least Concern (LC) and for the European region but 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.

Northern Lynx   (Lynx lynx lynx)
Carpathian Lynx   (Lynx lynx carpathicus)
Balkan Lynx   (Lynx lynx balcanicus)
Caucasus Lynx   (Lynx lynx isabellinus)
Turkestan Lynx   (Lynx lynx dinniki)
Siberian Lynx   (Lynx lynx wrangeli)

Eurasian 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 nursing young by Wegner

Eurasian lynx pair interacting by David Kjaer

Eurasian Lynx Facts and Information

The following websites have well researched and authoritative information on the Eurasian Lynx: