The ocelot (/ˈɒsəlɒt/; Leopardus pardalis), kent as the dwarf leopard an aa, is a wild cat distributit extensively ower Sooth Americae includin the islands o Trinidad an Margarita, Central Americae, an Mexico. It haes been reportit as far north as Texas.[4][5] North o Mexico, it is foond regularly anly in the extreme soothren pairt o Texas,[6] altho thare are rare sichtins in soothren Arizona.[7]

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Scientific classification edit
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Faimily: Felidae
Genus: Leopardus
Species: L. pardalis[1]
Binomial name
Leopardus pardalis[1]

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Distribution o the Ocelot, 2016[2]

Felis buffoni Brass, 1911
Felis chati Gray, 1827
Felis hamiltonii J. B. Fischer, 1829
Felis mexicana Kerr, 1792
Felis pardalis Linnaeus, 1758
Leopardus griseus Gray, 1842

The ocelot is similar in appearance tae a domestic cat. Its fur resembles that o a cloodit leopard or jaguar an wis ance regardit as particularly valuable. As a result, hundreds o thoosands o ocelots wur ance killed for thair fur. The feline wis classified a "vulnerable" endangered species frae 1972 till 1996, an is nou ratit "least concern" bi the 2008 IUCN Reid Leet.


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  2. a b Paviolo, A.; Crawshaw, P.; Caso, A.; de Oliveira, T.; Lopez-Gonzalez, C.A.; Kelly, M.; De Angelo, C. & Payan, E. (2016). "Leopardus pardalis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2015: e.T11509A97212355. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T11509A50653476.en. Cite uses deprecated parameter |last-author-amp= (help){{cite iucn}}: error: |doi= / |url= mismatch (help)
  3. Murray, J. L.; Gardner, G. L. (1997). "Leopardus pardalis". Mammalian Species (548): 1–10. doi:10.2307/3504082. JSTOR 3504082.
  4. Mammal Species of the World – Browse: melanurus. Retrieved on 2012-04-10.
  5. Ocelot. The Animal Files. Retrieved on 2012-04-10.
  6. "The Nature Conservancy in Texas – Mammals – Ocelot". Archived frae the original on 20 Februar 2009. Retrieved 12 Julie 2013.
  7. "North American Mammals – Carnivora – Felidae – Leopardus pardalis". Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 23 Februar 2010.

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