The following 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 Lineage Wild Cat Common Name Felidae Genus Felidae Species
Panthera lineage
1 Lion Panthera Panthera leo
2 Leopard Panthera Panthera pardus
3 Jaguar Panthera Panthera onca
4 Tiger Panthera Panthera tigris
5 Snow Leopard Panthera Panthera uncia
6 Mainland Clouded Leopard Neofelis Neofelis nebulosa
7 Sunda Clouded Leopard Neofelis Neofelis diardi
Bay cat lineage
8 Asiatic Golden Cat Catopuma Catopuma temminckii
9 Bornean Bay Cat Catopuma Catopuma badia
10 Marbled Cat Pardofelis Pardofelis marmorata
Caracal lineage
11 Caracal Caracal Caracal caracal
12 African Golden Cat Caracal Caracal aurata
13 Serval Leptailurus Leptailurus serval
Leopardus lineage
14 Geoffroy’s Cat Leopardus Leopardus geoffroyi
15 Guiña, Kodkod Leopardus Leopardus guigna
16 Northern Tiger Cat Leopardus Leopardus tigrinus
17 Southern Tiger Cat Leopardus Leopardus guttulus
18 Andean Cat Leopardus Leopardus jacobita
19 Margay Leopardus Leopardus wiedii
20 Pampas Cat Leopardus Leopardus colocola
21 Ocelot Leopardus Leopardus pardalis
Lynx lineage
22 Iberian Lynx Lynx Lynx pardinus
23 Eurasian Lynx Lynx Lynx lynx
24 Canada Lynx Lynx Lynx canadensis
25 Bobcat Lynx Lynx rufus
Puma lineage
26 Puma Puma Puma concolor
27 Jaguarundi Herpailurus Herpailurus yagouaroundi
28 Cheetah Acinonyx Acinonyx jubatus
Leopard cat lineage
29 Mainland Leopard Cat Prionailurus Prionailurus bengalensis
30 Sunda Leopard Cat Prionailurus Prionailurus javanensis
31 Fishing Cat Prionailurus Prionailurus viverrinus
32 Flat-headed Cat Prionailurus Prionailurus planiceps
33 Rusty-spotted Cat Prionailurus Prionailurus rubiginosus
34 Pallas’s Cat Otocolobus Otocolobus manul
Felis lineage
35 European Wildcat Felis Felis silvestris
36 African-Asian Wildcat Felis Felis lybica
37 Sand Cat Felis Felis margarita
38 Black-footed Cat Felis Felis nigripes
39 Jungle Cat Felis Felis chaus
40 Chinese Mountain Cat Felis Felis bieti

Wild Cat Family List by Lineage.pdf


  • 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. <>. 14 Nov 2019.