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Temporal range: Miocene - Holocene, 9–0 Ma
Jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Waldheim, 1817
Type genus
Linnaeus, 1758
Tribe/subtribes and Genera





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native ranges of Felinae

The Felinae are a subfamily of the family Felidae, which includes the genera and species listed below. Most are small to medium-sized cats, although the group does include some larger animals, such as the cougar and cheetah.[1] The earliest records of the Felinae are ascribed to Felis attica from the late Miocene, 9 million years ago (Mya), of western Eurasia.[2]

Felidae cats are split up into two groups: conical-toothed cats (members of the extant subfamilies Felinae and Pantherinae) and the extinct saber-toothed cats (members of Machairodontinae).



  1. ^ a b Wozencraft, W.C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 532–545. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ Johnson, W.E., Eizirik, E., Pecon-Slattery, J., Murphy, W.J., Antunes, A., Teeling, E. & O'Brien, S.J. (2006). "The Late Miocene radiation of modern Felidae: A genetic assessment." (abstract). Science. 311 (5757): 73–77. doi:10.1126/science.1122277. PMID 16400146. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Felinae at Wikimedia Commons
  • Data related to Felinae at Wikispecies