Asian Leopard Cat Prionailurus bengalensis

Asian Leopard Cat
Asian Leopard Cat
Asian Leopard Cat
The Asian Leopard Cat is a little taller and slimmer than a typical domestic cat. It is native to South, Southeast and East Asia. There were several subspecies over its range, but these have recently (since 2017) been reduced to two subspecies, the Indian, P.b. bengalensis, from South, Southeast and some of East Asia and the Amur, P. b. euptilura, of northeast Russia, Japan and Korea; and a separate species, the Sunda, P. javanensis, of Indonesian and Philippine islands. Those shown are the nominal Indian. Its nearest relatives are the Sunda Fishing Cat and the Rusty-spotted Cat.
Even within one subspecies they vary somewhat in appearance: those in tropical areas tend to have golden fur and those in colder northern areas have more silver-grey fur, both with black or dark brown spotted markings which can be spots, spotted lines or rosettes depending on region. They are solitary and mainly nocturnal. Like most small cats, prey includes birds, small mammals and reptiles. The cats are hunted for their fur, meat and as pets and are killed as pests to domestic fowl.