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Leopard Cat – Hong Kong Wildlife | 豹貓 – 香港野生動物

The only native cat of Hong Kong – The Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis)

Civet cats are not cats, and the South China tigers (Panthera tigris amoyensis) has been locally extinct long ago.

Leopard cats are as big as some larger domestic cats, with a body length of 40-60 cm, and weighing 2-3 kg. Do not be confused with the Bengal cat (Felis catus x Prionailurus bengalensis) in pet trade which is a hybrid that has been developed from wild leopard cats and domestic cats over 5 generations of cross-breeding. Bengal cats do not have the white patch behind the ear and the white streaks between the eyes and the nose of Leopard cats, like the ones in my photos.

Prionailurus bengalensis (Kerr, 1792)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Prionailurus
Species: bengalensis

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