Talk:Apex predator

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Cats as a group[edit]

I added back the obvious reality that all cat species (including the domestic cat) are formidable predators so that the gallery would not be loaded with cat images. The tiger and lion (probably also the cheetah) are different enough in their hunting techniques to merit inclusion in the gallery, but all other cats (including the domestic cat) are so similar to tigers in build, behavior, and hunting techniques that one solitary cat (the tiger) is enough.Pbrower2a (talk) 16:31, 8 February 2018 (UTC)

I see what you're trying to do but the 'all' or 'other' wording isn't right. I'll give it a tweak. Chiswick Chap (talk) 16:39, 8 February 2018 (UTC)

I added the cheetah for its distinctive style of hunting -- with the caveat that it often loses its prey. As a bonus I get to add a hyena, an animal not yet in the gallery, as the sort of creature that can take prey away from a weaker hyena that made the kill. Cheetahs are distinct among the cats in their hunting techniques, and unlike all other cats except the lion, they can be social predators. I tweaked the caption of the tiger to indicate that cats other than the lion and cheetah are similar enough in build and technique that there is no need for a caption including any other cat. Pbrower2a (talk) 07:16, 15 February 2018 (UTC)

Nope. The article is not slightly lacking in cats: the article is way topheavy in images, and very light on cited text discussing the actual biology. Wikipedia is not some National Geographic magazine full of Big Cats and exciting landscapes, that is not our function. It's time for serious articles in ecology - a biological science - to reflect the actual research and conservation literature. An article of the current length would normally contain no more than four or five images. There's plenty of room on Commons for gallery pages. Chiswick Chap (talk) 07:24, 15 February 2018 (UTC)