Official Puma Appreciation Thread


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Puma

Pumas are part of the felidae family:

 Cheetah  Lion
 Cougar  Lynx
 Domestic Cat  Margay
 Jaguar  Ocelot
 Leopard  Tiger

Pretty tricky to follow the sub-family and decide what is and isn’t a puma from there on.

Genus Clarification From Quora:

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Mountain Lion
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Cougar, Mountain Lion, and Puma are all one and the same. They reside in North and South America.

Also interesting sub-note on the Panther:

Panther is a name commonly used to identify with a big, black cat. There is no separate species of ONLY big black cats in the world, however, there is a recessive gene found in both Leopards, and Jaguars, which occasionally causes Melanism, wherein a cub is born with what appears to be black fur. This is fairly rare, but the general public predominately refers to these black cats in both species as Panthers.

Documentary and Book on North American Pumas:

Ending quote:

We don’t realize the pumas are there but they are.

Trail Runner kills Mountain Lion