Canada lynx

species of mammal

The Canada lynx is a species of lynx which lives on the taiga. It is about twice the size of a domestic cat.

Canada lynx
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Lynx
L. canadensis
Binomial name
Lynx canadensis
Kerr, 1792
  • L. c. canadensis Kerr, 1792
    L. c. subsolanus (Newfoundland lynx) Bangs, 1897
    L. c. mollipilosus (Arctic lynx) Stone, 1900
Distribution of Canada Lynx, 2016[1]

It eats mice, ground squirrels, lemming and young deer. The lynx's favorite food is the snowshoe hare, which makes up 60% to 97% of its diet.

This wild animal is not endangered (except in the southern 48 states of the US). It is of "least concern" (IUCN). Humans hunt them for their beautiful, thick fur.

It has tufts on its ears whose function is probably social signalling.

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 Vashon, J. (2016). "Lynx canadensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016. IUCN: e.T12518A101138963. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T12518A101138963.en.