Asiatic Cheetah

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Asiatic Cheetah[1]
Asian cheetah.jpg
An Asiatic cheetah in Iran.
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)
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A. j. venaticus range (green)

Acinonyx jubatus raddei
(Hilzheimer, 1913)

The Asiatic cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus) is a critically endangered subspecies of the cheetah native to Asia. 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 | change 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.). p. 533. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. Check date values in: |date= (help); External link in |title= (help)
  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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