Asiatic Cheetah

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Asiatic Cheetah[1]
Portrait of an Asiatic Cheetah from India
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Acinonyx
Species: A. jubatus
Subspecies: A. j. venaticus
Trinomial name
Acinonyx jubatus venaticus
(Griffith, 1821)
Synonyms

Acinonyx jubatus raddei
(Hilzheimer, 1913)

The Asiatic Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus) is a subspecies of the cheetah. It is also called the Iranian Cheetah because the only living Asiatic cheetahs live in Iran. Even though it is extinct in India, it is sometimes called the Indian Cheetah. During British colonial times in India it was famous by the name of Hunting-Leopard.[3] This name came about because some of these animals were kept captive by Indian royalty and used to hunt wild antelopes.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Wozencraft, W. Christopher (16 November 2005). "Order Carnivora (pp. 532-628)". In Wilson, Don E., and Reeder, DeeAnn M., eds. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2 vols. (2142 pp.). pp. 533. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. http://www.bucknell.edu/msw3/browse.asp?id=14000012.
  2. Jowkar, H., Hunter, L., Ziaie, H., Marker, L., Breitenmoser-Wursten, C. & Durant, S. (2008). Acinonyx jubatus ssp. ventaticus. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 4 February 2009.
  3. Lydekker, R. A. 1893-94. The Royal Natural History. Volume 1.

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