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SPECIES Felis catus

Author:Linnaeus, 1758.
Citation:Syst. Nat., 10th ed., 1: 41.
Common Name:Domestic Cat
Type Locality:Listed as "Sweden" in Pocock (1951:6).
Distribution:Cosmopolitan. Specifically reported in: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Crete, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey.
Status:CITES – specifically excluded from protection.
Comments:Also see comments under Felis and Felis silvestris. Synonyms allocated according to Pocock (1951) and should be considered provisional. There has been almost universal use of F. catus for the domestic cat and silvestris for wild cats. Several authors have treated the domestic cat as separate from the wildcats (Corbet and Hill, 1991; Daniels et al., 1998; Kitchener, 1991; Mattern and McLennan, 2000; Nowak, 1999; Pocock, 1951; Wiseman et al., 2000); however also see Randi and Ragni (1986), Essop et al. (1997), and Johnson and O’Brien (1997), who presented morphological and molecular evidence to support catus, libyca, and silvestris as conspecific. If conspecific, there would be a problem with the continued use of the name Felis silvestris (see comments therein).



    agria Bate, 1906
    angorensis Gmelin, 1788
    antiquorum J. B. Fischer, 1829
    aureus Kerr, 1792
    bouvieri Rochebrune, 1883
    brevicaudata Schinz, 1844
    caerulea Erxleben, 1777
    cumana Schinz, 1844
    daemon Satunin, 1904
    domestica Erxleben, 1777
    hispanica Erxleben, 1777
    huttoni Blyth, 1846
    inconspicua Gray, 1837
    japonica J. B. Fischer, 1829
    longiceps Bechstein, 1800
    madagascariensis Kerr, 1792
    megalotis Müller, 1839
    pulchella Gray, 1837
    rubra Gmelin, 1788
    siamensis Trouessart, 1904
    sinensis Kerr, 1792
    striaas Bechstein, 1800
    syriaca J. B. Fischer, 1829
    tralatitia J. B. Fischer, 1829
    vulgaris J. B. Fischer, 1829

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