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Leopardus braccatus (Carnivora: Felidae)

Anita L. Barstow , David M. Leslie Jr.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1644/891.1 16-25 First published online: 9 April 2012

Abstract

Leopardus braccatus (Cope, 1889) is a small felid—not much larger than a domestic house cat—commonly called the Pantanal cat. No comprehensive surveys have been conducted to determine how many L. braccatus exist in the wild. It is found in humid, warm grasslands and wooded areas of extreme northwestern Argentina, southwestern and south- and north-central (newly reported ranges) Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Habitat loss and degradation are considered major threats throughout most of its range. It is uncommon in captivity and museum collections, listed with all Felidae under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, and considered “Near Threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in the pampas cat group (= L. colocolo).

Key words
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Lynchailurus
  • ocelot lineage
  • Oncifelis
  • pampas cat
  • Pantanal cat
  • Paraguay
  • Uruguay