Big Cats

Can you nane the nine largest felid species?
Weights according to Wikipedia
Not including hybrids
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Last updated: January 1, 2020
First submittedAugust 25, 2012
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Max Weight
Fur Pattern and Other Info
Cat
305 kg  (670 lbs)
black stripes; roars
Tiger
250 kg  (550 lbs)
plain; male has a large mane; roars
Lion
160 kg  (350 lbs)
clusters of black spots; roars; lives in America
Jaguar
100 kg  (220 lbs)
plain; lives in rocky areas in America
Cougar (aka Puma, etc.)
 95 kg  (210 lbs)
small clusters of black spots; roars
Leopard (aka Panther)
 72 kg  (160 lbs)
black spots; can run over 110 km/h (70 mph)
Cheetah
 55 kg  (120 lbs)
light grey with small clusters of dark spots
Snow Leopard
 30 kg   (65 lbs)
bobbed tail, tufted ears, long ruff, black spots
Eurasian Lynx
 23 kg   (50 lbs)
large, dark irregularly-shaped blotches
Sunda Clouded Leopard
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Level 25
Sep 28, 2012
Aw, wouldn't have thought to specify the leopards..
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Level 49
Sep 28, 2012
Yeah, snow leopards and clouded leopards are definitely not leopards. Snow leopards are most closely related to tigers, and clouded leopards belong to a whole different genus. Somebody should invent new names for them.
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Level 80
Jan 10, 2015
In french, we also call the snow leopard "Once", which is related to its latin name Panthera Uncia.
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Level 70
Apr 10, 2015
I saw one once!
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Level 74
Mar 21, 2016
I can beat that, Malbaby - I was urinated on by a snow leopard once, at a sanctuary in Darjeeling. They're the most incredibly beautiful things I've ever seen, but their pee is really offensive.
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Level 34
Jul 7, 2016
Sorted then, everyone call the snow leopard an Irbis from now on
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Level 38
Sep 28, 2012
How could I get all of them BUT jaguar?!!
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Level 59
Sep 28, 2012
i think that the sunda clouded leopard is weird.
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Level 24
Jan 7, 2018
Can’t we just say leopard once?
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Level 17
Dec 12, 2018
I wish
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Level 20
Sep 28, 2012
All the leopards should just be classified under leopard.. otherwise bobcat should have its own.. and mountain lion.. and housecat.. see where I'm going with this..
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Level 43
Sep 29, 2012
I was sad about servals and caracal not on there, there should be a quiz with all the wild cats on it.
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Level 49
Sep 29, 2012
When I was researching this quiz, I discovered that a lot of wild cat species have really boring names. For example, the "asian golden cat", "african golden cat", and "fishing cat" are all in the same approximate size range as servals, caracals, and ocelots. That's what led me to go with just the largest ones instead.
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Level 17
Dec 12, 2018
They can get even more boring when translating bird Latin names
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Level 81
Sep 30, 2012
I can't wait for Apple's Sunda Clouded Leopard operating system...
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Level 51
Oct 2, 2012
What about Bobcat?
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Level 49
Oct 3, 2012
Bobcats are significantly smaller than Eurasian Lynxes; the largest are only about 18 kg.
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Level 75
Oct 13, 2018
"Big cat" has a specific meaning, and using it synonymously with 'weighty' muddies the waters. It's not a size thing, it's a taxonomy thing. Neither bobcats nor lynx (Eurasian or otherwise) are classified as big cats. Strictly speaking, big cats are the 5 members of the genus Panthera (tigers, leopards, snow leopards, lions, jaguars). Panthera can roar but can't purr, due to laryngeal shape (excepting snow leopards, which can purr but can't roar; they do 'chuff' like tigers & clouded leopards).
All that said, the more inclusive definition of big cat extends to members of genus Neofelis (clouded and Sunda clouded leopards), as well as cougars & cheetahs (none of which can roar, but can purr up a storm). So I gots no beef with including them here! But just because a cat is the biggest in the 'hood doesn't make it a big cat -- I implore you to remove the Eurasian lynx. After all, we need a small cat quiz and I'm sure the Eurasian lynx would love to throw its weight around over there
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Level 75
Oct 13, 2018
Oh, and for anyone wondering what the heck chuffing is, it's used for friendly greetings, and sounds kind of like a maraca to my ear. You can hear it at this rescue sanctuary.
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Level 67
Dec 12, 2018
@redsplat I have allways thought of chuffing as a single spitting forcefull purr (I dont mean I would include it under purrs, just how I would describe it, the air is forced out, but the sound is still trembly)
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Level 27
Oct 11, 2012
BRILLIANT QUIZ! Lost one mark because of the Sunda Clouded Leopard ;)
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Level 31
Jun 20, 2014
I don't think the Sunda Clouded leopard is such a stretch. It's a perfectly valid animal of its own. Honestly I just typed "clouded leopard" and it worked instantly. You don't even need to know "sunda" so it's not that ridiculous. I won a photo contest for my picture of a clouded leopard at my zoo (in the "endangered" house).
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2014
I'd like to see the tailess 'Manx Cat' included (Isle of Man Cat)
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Level 76
Dec 4, 2015
I don't think they can be reasonably classified as "big cats".
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Level 75
Oct 13, 2018
That may be, but they live life to the manx. Go big or go home!
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Level 38
Feb 14, 2015
Panthers can also be jaguars. Outdated english language meets proper biology suppose. Should add liger and tigon and whatever other hybrids exist!
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Level 46
Jul 15, 2015
goon?
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Level 64
May 18, 2017
Panthers are actually melanistic (black-ish) Jaguars or Leopards, the term is not synonymous to any species name.
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Level 56
Jul 13, 2017
Bobcat? Mountain lion? Ocelot?
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Level 42
Sep 4, 2017
Bobcat could work for lynx, mountain lion can work for cougar, and Ocelot is a small cat according to my research.
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Level 67
May 19, 2019
bobcat isnt the same as lynx..
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Level 17
Dec 12, 2018
A bob cat is called bob A mountain lion lives in the mountains and an ocelot is an ocelot VERY INSIGHTFUL
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Level 59
Sep 15, 2017
Great quiz! Snow leopard a...cat? 😂
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Level 39
Nov 4, 2017
Great quiz!
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Level 14
Nov 19, 2017
im just saying why not serval, or panther
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Level 18
Jan 29, 2018
BTW a panther is the same thing as a cougar, mountain lion, puma, ect
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Level 75
Sep 2, 2019
No. Cougar, mountain lion and puma are different names for the same cat, but a panther is a jaguar or leopard with melanism (black fur).
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Level 46
Feb 9, 2018
You people have to start working on your quizz titles, there are only 4 cats that belong to "big cat" family and they are Tiger, Lion, Leopard and Jaguar. Those are the cats that can roar
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Level 75
Oct 13, 2018
Agreed, except that strictly speaking there are five members of the big cat family (as of about ten years ago).

I also take exception to you referring to the kind person who volunteered to make this quiz as "you people". You need to start working on your constructive feedback, friend.
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Level 45
Mar 24, 2018
Oh yeah! 9/9, 1 min 14 sec!
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Level 80
Oct 13, 2018
I love cougars!!
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Level 52
Jan 20, 2019
You should accept IRBIS for snow leopard.
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Level 72
Jul 3, 2019
Sunda clouded Leopard??? Never heard of that.
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Level 36
May 23, 2020
Nice quiz. Got them all, such beautiful animals!