Oncilla (Northern) Leopardus tigrinus/ Oncifelis tigrinus

Oncilla
Oncilla
Oncilla
The Oncilla, also called the Tiger Cat, is native to pockets of dense forest from southern Central America to northern Argentina, but is rare throughout and threatened by deforestation.
Oncilla
Oncilla
Oncilla
At about the size of a domestic cat, the Oncilla resembles a small Margay or very small Ocelot (related to both), being one of the smallest wild cats in the Americas.
Oncilla
Oncilla
Oncilla
It is nocturnal and hunts on the ground and in trees.
Oncilla
Oncilla
Oncilla
There were 4 subspecies throughout its range, but the southern-most subspecies has recently been split out as a new separate species (the Southern Tiger Cat - L. guttulus) on DNA analysis and lack of inter-breeding with the other L. tigrinus subspecies. All above images are of the Northern Oncilla/Northern Tiger Cat. Photos of the Southern Oncilla are below.
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Oncilla (Southern) Leopardus guttulus

Southern Oncilla
Southern Oncilla
Southern Oncilla
The Southern Oncilla, also called the Southern Tiger Cat, is native to pockets of dense forest in southern Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina, but is rare and threatened by deforestation. Although it has been split from the 3 subspecies of Northern Oncilla on DNA evidence and lack of interbreeding, it is known to interbreed with the closely related Geoffroy's Cat (L. Geoffroyi).
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