Explaining the characteristics, ecology, and habitat of the Bengal wildcat


We will explain the characteristics, ecology, and habitat of the Bengal wildcat. There are many subspecies of the Bengal wildcat, such as the Tsushima wildcat and the Iriomote wildcat, so we will introduce these at the same time. A large number of them live in the eastern part of Asia, so I will introduce them to you.

What is a Bengal wildcat? About basic status

The Bengal wildcat belongs to the mammalian class Carnivora and the family Felidae. The scientific name is Prionailurus. The body length is 50-80cm and the weight is 3-5kg. They tend to live mostly in the eastern and southeastern regions of Asia.

English(英名)Mainland leopard cat
scientific name(学名)Prionailurus
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

What is Tsushima leopard cat?

The Tsushima leopard cat is a member of the wildcat family that lives only in Tsushima, Japan. It is designated as an endangered species because its population is extremely small.

What is Iriomote wild cat?

The Iriomote wildcat is an endangered cat that lives only on Iriomote Island. The population here is also very small.

What is the Sunda leopard cat?

The Sunda leopard cat is a small and very cute Bengal cat. A popular cat that is distributed throughout Indonesia.

What is a Malayan wildcat?

Malayan wildcats have small, rounded ears and webs between their toes. Speaking of cats, they don’t like water, but Malayan wildcats are very good at catching and eating fish.

What is a rusty cat?

The rusty cat is a very cute cat that is said to be the smallest cat in the world. Since it can only be found around India, its population is small and it is designated as a near-threatened species.

What is a fishing cat?

The fishing cat is a cat that prefers tropical habitats. They live in areas from the Indochina Peninsula to southern China and India, and are unique in that they have retractable claws.

About the habitat of the Bengal wildcat

The Bengal wildcat is found in Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Korea, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Bhutan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Myanmar. , distributed in Laos and other countries.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

The Bengal wildcat is characterized by four to five dark stripes running from the forehead to the shoulders. The legs are rather long, and the tail is about half the length of the body. The coat color is yellowish brown or silvery white on the back, and whitish on the abdomen. Bengal wildcats live in forest areas such as tropical forests, temperate forests, and coniferous forests from lowlands to mountains.

What will your personality look like?

Bengal wildcats are very cautious and tend to be active from dusk to midnight and early morning. They are also similar to domestic cats in that they are capricious and selfish. I live a relaxing life in an area with a lot of nature. During the day, they often hide in tree cavities or rock holes.

What is the ecology of the Bengal wildcat?

In addition to eating small animals, Bengal wildcats also eat amphibians and insects. They are polygamous and breed throughout the year. The average gestation period is about 2 months, and it is possible to give birth to 2-3 puppies at a time. Kittens reach full sexual maturity in about a year and a half. The lifespan is about 15 years.

What are the natural enemies of the Bengal wildcat?

Currently, the natural enemy of the Bengal wildcat is humans. Although there are some large predators, there are many risks such as being hit by a car or having their habitat narrowed due to land development.

Is the Bengal wildcat an endangered species?

The conservation status of the Bengal wildcat is stable. Therefore, although it is stable overall, the variants are very dangerous. Japan’s Iriomote wildcat and Tsushima wildcat are at risk of extinction. There is also a possibility that rusty cats in India may become extinct, so conservation efforts are being carried out in various locations.

Is it possible to keep Bengal wildcats?

Bengal wildcats can be kept like regular cats, but they have a wary personality, so they require more care than regular cats. In Japan, Bengal wildcats are designated as “specified animals,” and permission may be required in some areas. It is difficult to obtain it through international trade because the Washington Convention governs international trade.


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