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Re: LIONS & TIGERS REVISITED



About a different point of view about Felidae phylogeny:
BININDA-EMONDS, O.R.P.; GITTLEMAN, J.L. & PURVIS, A. : Building large trees
by combining phylogenetic information: a complete phylogeny of the extant
Carnivora (Mammalia). in Biologic Reviews (1999), 74, pp.143-175. Cambridge
Philosophical Society.
There, the Cats are divided in
1. Cheetah
2. Other ones, divided into:
2.1 jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguaroundi) + puma
2.2 other ones, divided into:
2.2.1 Asian leopard cats
2.2.2 other ones, divided into:
2.2.2.1 Serval+Caracal+Manul+Felis
2.2.2.2 other ones, divided into:
2.2.2.2.1 South American spotted cats (we call them in Brazil "maracajas")
2.2.2.2.2 other ones, divided into
2.2.2.2.2.1 Golden cats
2.2.2.2.2.2 other ones, divided into Lynxes and Big Cats
(Pardofelis+Neofelis+Snow leopard+tiger+jaguar+leopard+lion)

Joao SL
Rio

----- Original Message -----
From: <NJPharris@aol.com>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2000 3:29 AM
Subject: Re: LIONS & TIGERS REVISITED


> In a message dated 9/26/00 5:19:50 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
ELurio@aol.com
> writes:
>
> > Which is why, it seems that for the most part, most cats are listed in a
> >  single genus
> >  -Felis.
>
> Not anymore!  Check out the following:
>
> http://www.cathouse-fcc.org/catsinfo.html
> http://www.bigcats.org/species.html
> http://www.primenet.com/~brendel/felidae.html
> http://www.csew.com/felidtag/pages/Reports/taxon_legal.htm
>
> These give the updated generic names, but ignore any information given
here
> about suprageneric assemblages.  First, all modern cats belong to Felinae
> (other partitions of Felidae have been set up to accomodate various fossil
> taxa, but I can't remember their names just now).  Second, the word from
> molecular studies is that Felinae consists of three major groups:
>
> I.  Small South American cats: _Leopardus_ + _Oncifelis_ + _Oreailurus_;
> IIa.  Wildcats and house cats: _Felis_ (sensu stricto) + _Otocolobus_;
> IIb.  Everything else.
>
> Nick P.
>