CMM MountainLion
Puma concolor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Puma
Jardine, 1834
Type species
Felis concolor
Linnaeus, 1771

Puma concolor
Puma pardoides
Puma yagouaroundi

Puma (genus) range
Puma ranges

Herpailurus Severtzow, 1858
Viretailurus Hemmer, 1965

Puma is a genus in Felidae that contains the cougar (also known as the puma, among other names) and the jaguarundi, and may also include several poorly known Old World fossil representatives (for example, Puma pardoides, or "Owen's panther," a large cougar-like cat of Eurasia's Pleistocene).[2][3]

The Jaguarundi, formerly a member of this genus, was recently moved to its own separate genus of Herpailurus as a result of its differences.[4]





  1. ^ Template:MSW3 Carnivora
  2. ^ Hemmer, H. (1965). Studien an "Panthera" schaubi Viret aus dem Villafranchien von Saint-Vallier (Drôme). Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen 122, 324–336.
  3. ^ Hemmer, H., Kahlike, R.-D. & Vekua, A. K. (2004). The Old World puma Puma pardoides (Owen, 1846) (Carnivora: Felidae) in the Lower Villafranchian (Upper Pliocene) of Kvabebi (East Georgia, Transcaucasia) and its evolutionary and biogeographical significance. Neues Jahrbuch fur Geologie und Palaontologie, Abhandlungen 233, 197–233.
  4. ^ Caso, A., Lopez-Gonzalez, C., Payan, E., Eizirik, E., de Oliveira, T., Leite-Pitman, R., Kelly, M. & Valderrama, C. (2008). Herpailurus yagouaroundi. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on June 30, 2008.

External links

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  • 16x16px Data related to Puma at Wikispecies

Hartmann zebra hobatere S This article is part of Project Mammal Genera, a All Birds project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each genus, including made-up genera.
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