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FYI - leopard subspecies October 20, 2004 3:10 AM

As a primer to the idea about setting up some kind of effort to conserve leopard habitat, here is a recognized list of official leopard subspecies. These are comprised of isolated races and/or genetically distinct types. 25 so far! Will try to compile a more extensive list, if there are others: AFRICA: Panthera pardus adersi - Zanzibar P.p.adusta - Ethiopia P.p.leopardus - West Africa P.p.melanotica - Southern Africa P.p.nanopardus - Somalia P.p.panthera - Algeria, Egypt P.p.pardus - East Central Africa P.p.reichenowi - Cameroon P.p.ruwenzorli - East Central Africa P.p.sindica - South West Asia P.p.suahelica - Eastern Africa MIDDLE EAST: P.p.ciscaucasia - West Caspian P.p.dathei - Iran P.p.jarvisi - Sinai Penninsula P.p.nimr - Arabia P.p.saxicolor - Iran, Afghistanan P.p.tulliana - West Caspian ASIA P.p.delacouri - Indo-China P.p.fusca - Indian Sub-continent P.p.japonensis - N. Central China P.p.kotiya - Sri Lanka P.p.melas - Java P.p.millardi - Kashmir P.p.orientalis - Amur - Korea P.p.pernigra - Nepal, Kashmir  [ send green star]
A gentle reminder... December 12, 2005 4:27 AM

To re-aquaint you with the surprisingly wide and diverse family of Leopards that are  still with us!

Will keep my eyes and ears open for any updates on these subspecies. (To be completely honest with you, there are a few here that I've never heard of - but I would sure like to film!)
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 December 12, 2005 10:23 AM

I never realised that there were so many subspecies of leopard, but apparently there are even more to come! This is truly a learning experience for me being here! Iain..  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 December 12, 2005 12:22 PM

Wow... that is incredible. It would certainly take some time to familiarize oneself with all of them, though I do not doubt it would be fun.

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 December 13, 2005 12:31 AM

Of all these, the subspecies once common in the middle east, the Arabian Leopard P.p.nimr and the Sinai Leopard P.p.jarvisi are now all but extinct, as is the Persian leopard (P.p.saxicolor). Any frontline conservation efforts should target these representatives of the family most urgently.

And then of course there is the magnificent Amur Leopard, the grand-daddy of the Panthera pardus family. A lot has been written about the Amur - there is more info and some fantastic camera trap photos in the group archives here.

So will try and get information about the lesser known middle eastern races.  [ send green star]
Controversy November 21, 2006 6:47 AM

At the Wild cat conference I attended a researcher broke news that will soon be published, and debated I am sure.

The island of Borneo has a genetically different species of clouded leopard. They want it to have its own status as a sub-species.

Best, Eric

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Clouded Leopards November 22, 2006 10:16 PM

Hi Eric,

I visited the clouded leopards here at Singapore's Night Safari after the info you gave me, and even had a behind-the-scenes meeting with Rakhon, a senior 14 year old male, who was wonderful.

But interestingly enough, his keepers told me that one of the first clouded leopard that they had ever had was a male from Borneo - they observed that he had a much darker coat colour, and a shorter muzzle. They also said that curiously, his coat would produce an oily secretion, which left its mark all over the place.

So those characteristics alone seem to set it apart from the Thai Clouded Leopards.
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If you want to know more... November 26, 2006 7:53 PM

Try emailing the link below. They should be able to point you in the right direction for who is going to publish on this, and where.

Best, Eric

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