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Genetic research has provided a basis for a more concise classification for the living members of the cat family based on genotypical groupings. Specifically, eight genetic lineages have been identified:

Lineage 1: Panthera, Uncia, Neofelis
Lineage 2: Pardofelis, Catopuma
Lineage 3: Leptailurus, Caracal, Profelis
Lineage 4: Leopardus
Lineage 5: Lynx
Lineage 6: Puma, Acinonyx
Lineage 7: Prionailurus, Otocolobus
Lineage 8: Felis

The last four lineages,5, 6, 7, 8, are more related to each other than to any of the first four,1, 2, 3, 4,,
and so form a clade within the Felinae subfamily of family Felidae.

Extant species
The following is the complete list of genera within family Felidae grouped according to the traditional phenotypical
classification with the corresponding genotypical lineages indicated:

Subfamily Felinae
Genus Felis [Lineage 8]
Chinese Mountain Cat, Felis bieti
Domestic Cat, Felis catus,
Jungle Cat, Felis chaus,
Sand Cat, Felis margarita,
Black-footed Cat, Felis nigripes,
Wildcat, Felis silvestris,
Genus Otocolobus [Lineage 7]
Pallas's Cat, Otocolobus manul,
Genus Prionailurus [Lineage 7]
Leopard Cat, Prionailurus bengalensis,
Iriomote Cat, Prionailurus iriomotensis,
Flat-headed Cat, Prionailurus planiceps,
Rusty-spotted Cat, Prionailurus rubiginosus,
Fishing Cat, Prionailurus viverrinus,
Genus Acinonyx[14] [Lineage 6]
Cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus,
Genus Puma [Lineage 6]
Cougar, Puma concolor, (Felis concolor)
Jaguarundi, Puma yagouaroundi,
Genus Lynx [Lineage 5]
Canadian Lynx, Lynx canadensis,
Eurasian Lynx, Lynx lynx,
Iberian Lynx, Lynx pardinus,
Bobcat, Lynx rufus,
Genus Leopardus [Lineage 4]
Pantanal Cat, Leopardus braccatus,
Colocolo, Leopardus colocolo,
Geoffroy's Cat, Leopardus geoffroyi,
Kodkod, Leopardus guigna,
Andean Mountain Cat, Leopardus jacobitus,
Pampas Cat, Leopardus pajeros,
Ocelot, Leopardus pardalis, (Felis pardalis)
Oncilla, Leopardus tigrinus,
Margay, Leopardus wiedii,
Genus Leptailurus [Lineage 3]
Serval, Leptailurus serval, (Felis serval)
Genus Caracal [Lineage 3]
Caracal, Caracal caracal,
Genus Profelis [Lineage 3]
African Golden Cat,Profelis aurata,
Genus Catopuma [Lineage 2]
Bay Cat, Catopuma badia,
Asian Golden Cat, Catopuma temminckii,
Genus Pardofelis [Lineage 2]
Marbled Cat, Pardofelis marmorata,

Subfamily Pantherinae
Genus Neofelis [Lineage 1]
Clouded Leopard, Neofelis nebulosa,
Sunda Clouded Leopard, Neofelis diardi,
Genus Panthera [Lineage 1]
Lion, Panthera leo,
Jaguar, Panthera onca,
Leopard, Panthera pardus,
Tiger, Panthera tigris,
Genus Uncia [Lineage 1]
Snow Leopard, Uncia uncia,


 Antiloper og gaseller ,norwegian,
 Antiloper: Dik dik (norwegian,
 Antiloper: Gnuen ,norwegian,

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