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Two lions (Panthera leo)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Pantherinae
Genus: Panthera
Oken, 1816
Type species
Felis pardus
Linnaeus, 1758

Panthera is a genus of the family Felidae. It has four living species, which are the biggest cats of the Felidae family. All cats in this genus can climb trees. The cheetah is not in this group because it is more closely related to the small cats. The cheetah is also different from all other cats because it has only slightly retractable claws and chases down its prey instead of stalking it, like all other cats do. The tiger is the largest Panthera species, as well as the largest of all cats. The leopard is the smallest Panthera species.

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