Fecha de Publicación: 21 Jul 2015
Cita: González-Maya JF & Arias-Alzate A. 2015. An “update” on the small spotted cats of Colombia (Felidae: Leopardus spp.): neglected charismatic species. The Wild Felid Monitor (The Newsletter of the Wild Felid Research and Management Association). 8(2):19-20.

An “update” on the small spotted cats of Colombia (Felidae: Leopardus spp.): neglected charismatic species

These eight species are locally known as tigrillos, and, although they are recognized by local people, little is known about their ecology and natural history.

Three of these species are are known to exist in Colombia: the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), the margay (Leopardus wiedii) and the oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus), A fourth species, the Pampas cat (Leopardus colocolo) may exist in the southern part of the country.

Surprisingly, not enough information exists to assign any of these charismatic species, all of conservation concern, to a conservation status category. More surprising, citations regarding their ecology for which no actual recollections exist have been commonly repeated in technical documents and books.

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