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Temporal range: Oligocene–Holocene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Superfamily: Aeluroidea

Aeluroidea is an extant superfamily of feline-like carnivores that are, or were, endemic to North America, South America, Africa, and Asia. They appeared during the Oligocene about 33.3 million years ago.[1]

This superfamily includes the extant families of: Felidae (cats), Herpestidae (mongooses) and Hyaenidae (hyenas).

Extinct genera include Africanictis, Anictis, Asiavorator, Haplogale, Herpestides, Mioprionodon, Moghradictis, Palaeoprionodon, Proailurus, Shandgolictis, Stenogale, and Stenoplesictis.


Aeluroidea was named by Flower (1869). It was assigned to Carnivora by Flower (1883) and Carroll (1988); and to Feliformia by Bryant (1991).[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Paleobiology Database: Aeluroidea basic info.
  2. ^ W. H. Flower. 1883. On the arrangement of the Orders and Families of existing Mammalia. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1883:178-186
  3. ^ R. L. Carroll. 1988. Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. W. H. Freeman and Company, New York 1-698
  4. ^ H. N. Bryant. 1991. Phylogenetic relationships and systematics of the Nimravidae (Carnivora). Journal of Mammalogy 72(1):56-78