What is a Malayan wildcat? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat


We will explain the characteristics, ecology, and habitat of the Malayan wildcat. It is a cat that has a special appearance, food, color, appearance as a cat, and special ability such as being able to swim even though it is an animal. The fishing cat is the only cat with these characteristics. Malayan wildcats have webbed feet and are good swimmers. He’s a very good cat.

What is a Malayan wildcat? About basic status

The Malayan wildcat belongs to the mammalian class Felidae. The scientific name is Prionailurus planiceps. The body length is 40-56 cm and the weight is 2-3 kg. Malayan wildcats live in Southeast Asia.

English(英名)Flat-headed cat
scientific name(学名)Prionailurus planiceps
classification(分類)Mammalia、 Carnivora、Felidae、Prionailurus

What will be the classification?

In terms of the lineage of extant species of the cat family, it is the genus Bengal cat. The following subspecies exist in the Bengal wildcat genus: The Tsushima leopard cat and the Iriomote leopard cat are designated as endangered species.

Name:名前academic name
Tsushima leopard cat
Prionailurus bengalensis euptilurusTsushima, Japan
Iriomote wild cat
Prionailurus bengalensis iriomotensisIriomote, Japan
Sunda leopard cat
Prionailurus javanensisJava, Bali, Borneo, Sumatra、Indonesia
Flat-headed cat
Prionailurus planicepsIndonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Malaysia
Rusty-spotted Cat
Prionailurus rubiginosusIndia
Fishing cat
Prionailurus viverrinusIndonesia, China, Thailand

About the habitat of the Malayan wildcat

Malayan wildcats are distributed throughout Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Brunei.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

The Malayan wildcat’s body is different from that of a normal cat or individual; it has webs between its claws, making it an excellent cat that can swim. The tail is short and the whole body is covered with thick, soft hair. The fur on the back is dark brown with gray or pale yellow spots. The pinna is small and rounded. Habitats include forests, swamps, and waterside areas. They are nocturnal and like to be alone.

What will your personality look like?

The Malayan wildcat is actually one of the most unknown cat species, as little research has been done on it, and not much is known about it. Because they like to be alone, they seem to share the same temperament and selfishness that cats often have.

What is the ecology of the Malayan wildcat?

Malayan wildcats are known to eat plants, fruits, frogs, crustaceans, reptiles, small animals, and even fish. The gestation period for breeding behavior lasts approximately 56 days. Females can give birth to 2-3 cubs at a time. The lifespan is said to be about 15 years.

Is the Malayan wildcat an endangered species?

The Malayan wildcat is listed in Appendix I of CITES, and international trade is severely restricted. It is also designated as an endangered species. This may be due to the following reasons.

habitat destruction

Land development in Southeast Asia has progressed considerably since the 2010s. As a result, habitat destruction is progressing. Areas where Malayan wildcats originally lived are no longer active, making it difficult for them to survive.

human disturbance

Cats are being killed by humans. This is primarily due to overhunting for hunting and pet purposes. There are people who do illegal things. Furthermore, the number of cases of people being hit by cars and dying is increasing rapidly, making it a dangerous situation.

Is it possible to keep Malayan wildcats?

As of the latest update, Malayan wildcats are prohibited from hunting and trade in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, and are fully protected by national laws in all range countries. Therefore, it is extremely difficult for ordinary people to keep them. Since it is a rare animal, there are few records or posts of images such as videos and photos.


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