Black-footed cat

species of cat

The black-footed cat (Felis nigripes) is the smallest African cat. It is endemic to the southwestern dry zone of Southern Africa.[1] It is listed as 'vulnerable' on the IUCN Red List.

Black-footed cat
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Felis
F. nigripes
Binomial name
Felis nigripes
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Males when measured from head-to-body are 36.7 to 43.3 cm (14.4 to 17.0 in) with 16.4 to 19.8 cm (6.5 in to 7.8 in) tails. Females at head-to-body measure max 36.9 cm (14.5 in) and tails measure 12.6 to 17.0 cm (5.0 to 6.7 in).[2]


  1. Sliwa A. 2004. Home range size and social organization of black-footed cats (Felis nigripes). Mammalian Biology 69 (2): 96–107.
  2. Poduschka, Walter (1985-04). "The Mammals of the Southern African Subregion H.N. Reay Smithers University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa 1983, R100". Oryx. 19 (02): 122. doi:10.1017/s0030605300019888. ISSN 0030-6053. Check date values in: |date= (help)