The 7 Cats of the Panthera Lineage
(largest to smallest)
The Panthera lineage consists of seven cats, five of which are the largest in the cat family.
The first four big cats in the Panthera genus are the only wild cats that have the ability to roar, however they cannot purr like most other cats. The snow leopard is the big cat exception in this genus that cannot roar.
These big cats are also the most endangered due to the loss and fragmentation of their large territories, and wildlife trade in their body parts and beautiful skins.
Other large cats such as the puma and cheetah have different characteristics and are classified under the Puma Lineage.
5. Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia)
Panthera Lower Classifications
In scientific classification (taxonomy) the big cats belong to the family Felidae and the subfamily Patherinae. The higher and lower classifications of this group are as follows:
Species: Panthera tigris (Tiger)
Species: Panthera leo (Lion)
Species: Panthera onca (Jaguar)
Species: Panthera pardus (Leopard)
Species: Panthera uncia (Snow Leopard)
Species: Neofelis nebulosa (Clouded Leopard)
Species: Neofelis diardi (Sunda Clouded Leopard)
Big Cat Videos
NatGeo Wild – Big Cat Week 2017
Wild About Animals – Big Cats
Big Cat Diary – Tamu’s Story
Video Clips Taken in the Wild
|Tiger Videos||Lion Videos||Jaguar Videos||Leopard Videos
|Snow Leopard Videos||Clouded Leopard Videos||Sunda Clouded Leopard Video
First footage of new Asia big cat species Feb 2010
Panthera Lineage Cat Quiz
Click through on the images, videos and fact sheets above to find the answers to this quiz. Good luck!
1. Which continent has the most big cat species?
2. Which continent has no big cat species?
3. How many times larger is the Lion compared to the Clouded Leopard?
4. Which two big cat species are at the most risk of becoming extinct?
5. Which big cat is also known as a Panther?
6. Which cat in the Panthera genus cannot roar?