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Felis silvestris (Wildcat; wild cat)

Wikipedia Abstract

The wildcat (Felis silvestris) is a small cat native to most of Africa, Europe, and Southwest and Central Asia into India, western China, and Mongolia. Because of its wide range it is assessed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List since 2002. However, crossbreeding of wildcat and domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus) occurs in particular in Europe and is considered a potential threat for the preservation of the wild species.
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Felis silvestris cafra (African wild cat)
Felis silvestris caucasica (European wild cat)
Felis silvestris caudata (African wild cat)
Felis silvestris chutuchta (Asian wild cat)
Felis silvestris cretensis
Felis silvestris foxi (African wild cat)
Felis silvestris gordoni (Gordon's wild cat)
Felis silvestris grampia (Scottish wild cat)
Felis silvestris griselda (African wild cat)
Felis silvestris haussa
Felis silvestris iraki (African wild cat)
Felis silvestris jordansi (Mallorcan wild cat)
Felis silvestris lybica (African wild cat)
Felis silvestris mellandi (African wild cat)
Felis silvestris nesterovi (African wild cat)
Felis silvestris ocreata (African wild cat)
Felis silvestris ornata (African wild cat)
Felis silvestris reyi (Corsican wild cat)
Felis silvestris rubida (African wild cat)
Felis silvestris silvestris (European wild cat)
Felis silvestris tristrami (African wild cat)
Felis silvestris ugandae
Felis silvestris vellerosa (Asian wild cat)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 5.6
EDGE Score: 1.89


Adult Weight [1]  12.125 lbs (5.50 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  100 grams
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates)
Diet - Ectothermic [2]  10 %
Diet - Endothermic [2]  80 %
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  10 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Female Maturity [1]  10 months 4 days
Male Maturity [1]  10 months 4 days
Gestation [1]  64 days
Litter Size [1]  4
Litters / Year [1]  2
Maximum Longevity [1]  19 years
Nocturnal [3]  Yes
Weaning [1]  87 days


Protected Areas

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Biodiversity Hotspots

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Canis lupus (Wolf)[4]
Felis silvestris (Wildcat)[4]
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox)[4]


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map


Africa; Australia; Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China); North America; South America; Southern Asia;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Ecology of Commanster
6Bathyergus suillus (Rodentia: Bathyergidae), NIGEL C. BENNETT, CHRIS G. FAULKES, LEANNE HART, AND JENNIFER U. M. JARVIS, MAMMALIAN SPECIES 828:1–7 (2009)
7Glis glis (Rodentia: Gliridae), BORIS KRYSTUFEK, MAMMALIAN SPECIES 42(865):195–206 (2010)
8Madoqua guentheri, Steven C. Kingswood and Arlene T. Kumamoto, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 539, pp. 1-10 (1996)
9Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
10International Flea Database
11Nunn, C. L., and S. Altizer. 2005. The Global Mammal Parasite Database: An Online Resource for Infectious Disease Records in Wild Primates. Evolutionary Anthroplogy 14:1-2.
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Natura 2000, UK data: © Crown copyright and database right [2010] All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100017955
Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License