This list shows the 40 wild cat species grouped by the eight lineages of the Felidae wild cat family. The wild cat common name and Felidae scientific names are shown.

Background image: Wild Cats of the World Poster by Ellen Chester.

Wild Cat List by Lineage

Wild Cat LineageWild Cat Common NameFelidae GenusFelidae Species
Panthera lineage
1LionPantheraPanthera leo
2LeopardPantheraPanthera pardus
3JaguarPantheraPanthera onca
4TigerPantheraPanthera tigris
5Snow LeopardPantheraPanthera uncia
6Mainland Clouded LeopardNeofelisNeofelis nebulosa
7Sunda Clouded LeopardNeofelisNeofelis diardi
Bay cat lineage
8Asiatic Golden CatCatopumaCatopuma temminckii
9Bornean Bay CatCatopumaCatopuma badia
10Marbled CatPardofelisPardofelis marmorata
Caracal lineage
11CaracalCaracalCaracal caracal
12African Golden CatCaracalCaracal aurata
13ServalLeptailurusLeptailurus serval
Leopardus lineage
14Geoffroy’s CatLeopardusLeopardus geoffroyi
15Guiña, KodkodLeopardusLeopardus guigna
16Northern Tiger CatLeopardusLeopardus tigrinus
17Southern Tiger CatLeopardusLeopardus guttulus
18Andean CatLeopardusLeopardus jacobita
19MargayLeopardusLeopardus wiedii
20Pampas CatLeopardusLeopardus colocola
21OcelotLeopardusLeopardus pardalis
Lynx lineage
22Iberian LynxLynxLynx pardinus
23Eurasian LynxLynxLynx lynx
24Canada LynxLynxLynx canadensis
25BobcatLynxLynx rufus
Puma lineage
26PumaPumaPuma concolor
27JaguarundiHerpailurus Herpailurus yagouaroundi
28CheetahAcinonyxAcinonyx jubatus
Leopard cat lineage
29Mainland Leopard CatPrionailurusPrionailurus bengalensis
30Sunda Leopard CatPrionailurusPrionailurus javanensis
31Fishing CatPrionailurusPrionailurus viverrinus
32Flat-headed CatPrionailurusPrionailurus planiceps
33Rusty-spotted CatPrionailurusPrionailurus rubiginosus
34Pallas’s CatOtocolobusOtocolobus manul
Felis lineage
35European WildcatFelisFelis silvestris
36African-Asian WildcatFelisFelis lybica
37Sand CatFelisFelis margarita
38Black-footed CatFelisFelis nigripes
39Jungle CatFelisFelis chaus
40Chinese Mountain CatFelisFelis bieti

Wild Cat Family List by Lineage.pdf

References:

  • Lineages: O’Brien, J. S. and Johnson, W. E. 2007. The evolution of cats. Scientific American July 2007: 68-75.
  • Taxonomy: 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.
  • Conservation Status: IUCN 2019. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2019-2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. 14 Nov 2019.