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Browsing through a species group

Depending on your selection, you can have a family or genus displayed.

You have a number of filter options: a. all, ticked or non-ticked (Default all); b. Geographical areas (default All) and c. checklist to be used (default as per your personal settings - Clements 6.7 for birds and GT 2.0 for non-birds). If you have modified the options, you need to click on "Set Filter" to activate.

* Column 1 gives sequence # based on the checklist that has been filtered
* Column 2 has a green tick marker if you have ticked the taxa
* Column 3 shows the IUCN codes (click on the code and you will be linked to IUCN species info site)

By clicking on on the menu line on any of these 3 columns (and column 5 and 6, see below), it will sort ascendingly or descendingly. You restore to the default sequence by clicking on column 1 until you have sequence #1 at the top.

* Column 4 has a Show/Hide marker for polytypic species (i.e. a species with multiple subspecies) - click on to show the underlying taxa; click again to hide. If you have expanded a number of polytypic species, you can hide them all by clicking on the species group itself.

* Column 5 (English name), column 6 (Scientific name) and, if you have the language option other than English, column 7 (Domestic name) are self-explanatory. The English and scientific names are from the checklist that has been filtered (in this case Clements 6.7). The domestic names come from various sources and translations.

* Column 8 has markers for species or subspecies with photos ( links to Photo Gallery) and those which lack photos ( links to Photo Upload page).

You can set the value on how many entries you want to display at a time. Also, you have a Search field with a predictive search function (starts after you have typed two letters) which is handy when browsing through big species groups like e.g. hummingbirds.

Finally, you will be redirected to the info page of the species which is highlighted in yellow by clicking on it.
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1 Chinese Desert Cat
Felis bieti
China (E Qinghai and N Sichuan)
2 Jungle Cat
Felis chaus
The jungle cat has a broad but patchy distribution. In Africa, it is found only in Egypt, along the Nile River Valley south to Aswan, and in El Faiyum, Farafara, Dakhla and Kharga oases. Into southwest Asia, it occurs through Israel, southern Lebanon, northwestern Jordan, western Syria, and into Turkey and western Iraq. In this region its occurrence is highly localized around riparian vegetation and permanent water sources. In central Asia, it is found in the Caucasus mountains (up to 1,000 m), around the Caspian and Aral Seas and associated river valleys, and through Iran west to Pakistan. It occurs widely in tropical and sub-tropical Asia, including almost all of India as well as Sri Lanka, ranging up to 2,400 m in the Himalayan foothills, and through Southeast Asia to southern China, but absent from Malayan peninsula south of the Isthmus of Kra.
3 Sand Cat
Felis margarita
Afghanistan (?), Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Iran (?), Iraq (?), Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Libya (?), Mali (?), Mauritania (?), Morocco, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan (?), Syrian Arab Republic (?), Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Western Sahara (?), Yemen
4 Black-footed Cat
Felis nigripes
Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
5 Wild Cat
Felis silvestris
Widely distributed from Central Europe, Central Asia and India to South Africa
6     Southern African Wildcat
    Felis silvestris cafra
Southern Africa; boundary between this subspecies and the more northern F. s. lybica is not established (possibly in the area of Tanzania and Mozambique)
7     Domestic Cat
    Felis silvestris catus
Only feral and domesticated populations exist of this taxon all over the world.
8     African Wildcat
    Felis silvestris lybica
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.
9     Asian Wildcat
    Felis silvestris ornata
Central Asia, from the eastern Caspian into western India, and north to Kazakhstan, and into western China and southern Mongolia
10     European Wildcat
    Felis silvestris silvestris
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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