Himalayan jungle cat

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Himalayan jungle cat
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Felis
Species: F. chaus
Subspecies: F. c. affinis
Trinomial name
Felis chaus affinis
Gray, 1830

Himalayan jungle cat[1][2] (Felis chaus affinis) is a subspecies of the jungle cat that inhabits the Himalayan region ranging from Kashmir and Nepal to Sikkim and Yunnan.[3]


Thomas Hardwicke’s collection of illustrations of Indian wildlife comprises the first drawing of a Himalayan jungle cat, which the British zoologist John Edward Gray named the "Allied cat" Felis affinis in 1830.[4]

In the 1930s, the British zoologist Pocock reviewed the Natural History Museum's jungle cat skins and skulls from British India and adjacent countries. Based mainly on differences in fur length and colour he subordinated the Himalayan specimens to Felis chaus affinis.[5]


  1. ^ Sharad Singh Negi (1992). Himalayan Wildlife, Habitat and Conservation. Indus Publishing. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Bengal district gazetteers. University of California. 1947. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Ellerman, J. R. and Morrison-Scott, T. C. S. (1966). Checklist of Palaearctic and Indian mammals 1758 to 1946. Second edition. British Museum of Natural History, London.
  4. ^ Gray, J. E. (1830-1832). Illustrations of Indian Zoology; chiefly selected from the collection of Major-General Hardwicke. Vol. 1. Treuttel, Wurtz, Treuttel, jun. and Richter, London, Paris, Strasbourg.
  5. ^ Pocock, R. I. (1939) The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Mammalia. – Volume 1. Taylor and Francis Ltd., London.