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Black-footed Cat
Felis nigripes
Wild Cat
Felis silvestris
  Schreber, 1777
Herpailurus yagouaroundi
IUCN iGT 1.0

Wild Cat
Felis silvestris
Diatar, Senegal - 2019-02-24
© Göran Lenz

Field guides

Plate/page: 130

Aulagnier S., Mitchell-Jones A.J., Zima J., Haffner, P. and Moutou, F.
Mammals of Europe, North Africa and The Middle East

Plate/page: 75

Kingdon, J.
The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals

Plate/page: 248

Menon, V.
Indian Mammals: A Field Guide


  • Felis silvestris: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. . Downloaded on 10 July 2014.
  • Kingdon, J.: The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals; Princeton University Press, 2005; ISBN:0-691-12239-3
  • Aulagnier S., Mitchell-Jones A.J., Zima J., Haffner, P. and Moutou, F. : Mammals of Europe, North Africa and The Middle East; A & C Black Publishers Ltd, September 1, 2009; ISBN:1-408-11399-6
  • Menon, V.: Indian Mammals: A Field Guide; IFAW, 20 June 2014; ISBN:9-350-09760-5
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    Scientific Classification
    Kingdom Animals
    Phylum Chordates
    Class Mammals
    Order Carnivores
    Family Cats
    Genus Felis
    Species Wild Cat
    Schreber, 1777

    Central Asia, from the eastern Caspian into western India, and north to Kazakhstan, and into western China and southern Mongolia
    Southern Africa; boundary between this subspecies and the more northern F. s. lybica is not established (possibly in the area of Tanzania and Mozambique)
    Northern half of Africa; occurs across northern Africa and extends around the periphery of the Arabian Peninsula to the Caspian Sea; also occurs in true deserts such as the Sahara, and across the savannas of West and East Africa, and in the Horn of Africa; range delimitation to the more southern African subspecies F. s. cafra not clear, possibly in the Tanzania to Mozambique area.
    Only feral and domesticated populations exist of this taxon all over the world.
    In Europe it was formerly very widely distributed and absent only from Fennoscandia. Severe declines and local exirpations occured in Europe between the late 1700s and mid 1900s, resulting in a fragmented relict distribution. It is extinct in the Netherlands. It was considered regionally extinct in Austria, but vagrants still occur and the Italian population is spreading northwards into Austria. It is possibly extinct in the Czech Republic. Populations of wildcats occur on Sicily, Crete, Corsica, Sardinia, and the Balearic Islands, as well as numerous other small Mediterranean islands. It occurs from sea level to 2,250 m in the Pyrenees. In some parts of the wildcat's distribution (e.g. Scotland, Stromberg in Germany) it is possible that, as a result of hybridization with the domestic cat, very few genetically pure wildcats remain. (IUCN)
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    Widely distributed from Central Europe, Central Asia and India to South Africa
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