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Wild Cat Species Quiz
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Last updated: June 17, 2014
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June 15, 2014
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Light brown cat with short tail and tufted ears, renowned jumping capabilities
Biggest of the big cats on Earth today, has many extinct 'cousins'
Spotted cat with non-retractable claws and fast speed
Roams Africa's plains, known for impressive 'hair' and being the only social big cat
A nocturnal American cat with many names, around the size of an average human
Only true big cat to be found in the Americas, very large and can roar
Despite its name, this cat is not actually closely related to . It is the smallest 'big cat'.
Subspecies found in Asia and North America, this cat is a national animal of Macedonia
Strong and slender spotted cat with large ears and long legs
Found in the desert, this cat has sandy coloured fur and wide-set ears
Often called the 'dwarf leopard', this small cat is found in South America
One of the few cats to never attack a human being, lives at high altitude
Central/South American cat with two distinct colour phases (red and grey) and are active during the day
Big cat with the widest range, notoriously elusive
Jun 16, 2014
you should add clouded leopard
Jul 10, 2014
I put about 5 right answers on there and it didn't accept them.
Jul 13, 2014
Could you state which questions weren't accepted? Certain answers require specific subspecies / names rather than general umbrella terms (eg - Tiger might require Siberian, Bengal, etc)
Sep 2, 2018
There are several flawed questions in this quiz. The eighth one in particular. Knowing the national animal of Macedonia really has nothing to do with knowing about cats, so that's not really fair, especially when the other part is wrong. There is no species of cat that has subspecies in both Asia and North America, unless you count domestic cats as a subspecies of wildcats, though the most recently published taxonomy has them listed as a separate species. Canadian lynxes and bobcats are not subspecies of Eurasian lynxes, they're distinct species within the Lynx genus. Speaking of subspecies, the directions say "specific species names are required", but two of the questions require subspecies names. The terms "tiger" and "lion" each comprise a single species. Siberian tigers and African lions are subspecies.
Sep 2, 2018
Also, the last question on the left side says "not closely related to " which is unclear when the questions aren't numbered. Yeah, one can guess that it means you count the questions and find the fourteenth, but you should make it clear. More significantly, I vehemently object to the silly practice of using "big cat" as a taxonomic term. There is NO consensus among cat experts that "big cat" should refer to the subfamily pantherinae, when the taxonomy doesn't neatly break down by size, making some "big cats" smaller than some "small cats". You rarely see professionals using "big cats" this way. It seems to be something that some non-professional, non-experts like to do in order to pedantically "correct" people by explaining to them that cougars and cheetahs aren't "considered" big cats because of their taxonomic relationships. Please don't propagate this nonsense. Call them "pantherine cats" or "roaring cats", or even "great cats" if you must, but "big" just means big.
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