Jungle cat

species of mammal

The Jungle Cat, (Felis chaus),[2] is a successful and widespread wild cat. It ranges from Egypt in the west to China in the east, and it is common in India.

Jungle cat
Indian jungle cat
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Felis
F. chaus
Binomial name
Felis chaus
Schreber, 1777

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Map of the Eastern Hemisphere showing highlighted range covering portions of southern Asia
Distribution of the jungle cat in 2016[1]

The jungle cat is the largest remaining species of the wild cat genus Felis. It is 20 to 37 inches in body length (50 to 97 cm), with a 8 to 12 inch tail (20 to 31 cm).

True to Bergmann's rule, the felid is largest at the northern limits of its range and becomes smaller-bodied closer to the tropics.[3]

They inhabit savannas, tropical dry forests and reedbeds along rivers and lakes in the lowlands, but, despite the name, are not found in rainforests. Although they are adaptable animals, being found even in dry steppe, they prefer wetland environments with tall grasses or reeds in which to hide.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Gray, T.N.E.; Timmins, R.J.; Jathana, D.; Duckworth, J.W.; Baral, H. & Mukherjee, S. (2016). "Felis chaus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T8540A50651463. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-2.RLTS.T8540A50651463.en.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wozencraft W.C. 2005. Order Carnivora. In Wilson D.E. & Reeder D.M. Mammal species of the World. 3rd ed, Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 532–628. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0
  3. Burnie D. and Wilson D.E. 2001. Animal: the definitive visual guide to the world's wildlife. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0789477645