International Society for Endangered Cats (ISEC) Canada


HB Length: 46-69 cm (18-27″)
Tail Length: 23-52 cm (9-20″)
Level: Appr. 30 cm (12″)
Weight: 2.3-4.9 kg (5-11 lbs)
Pop. Design: Lessening
Margays Leopardus wiedii are among the most ravishing and confusing of the seen cats in the Americas.

The Margay is by all accounts like the more prominent Ocelot Leopardus pardalis and the more unassuming Tiger Cats Leopardus tigrinus/Leopardus guttulus which have similar coat models and assortments. It is closer to the Tiger Cats in size yet in appearance it seems to be the Ocelot. In specific bits of South America it is even called “little ocelot”.

Their coat is caramel yellow through tan, with dull spots, stripes and blotches running longwise along their body. The Margay has a thick and fragile fur, which renders one of its not surprising names in northern Brazil, “gato-peludo” or “rage cat”. The point of convergence of each spot, or rosette, is fairly paler, but simultaneously hazier than the ground shade of the fur. The stomach, chest, throat, jaw, and internal pieces of the legs are a covered white. On the Margay, as on the Ocelot, the fur turns forward in the mess region, and the hairs on the neck are composed towards the crown. They have two faint cheek stripes on each side of the face. Their tail, as in various arboreal vertebrates, is very extensive, as much as 70% of the body length, and put aside with wide rings, and a dull tip. The backs of the tremendous, changed ears are dim with a white central spot. Their eyes are monster, and faint brown.

In 2018, examiners recorded the primary events of melanistic Margays, catching one dull individual in Columbia, and another in Costa Rica. Melanism is typical for various people from the Leopardus family, yet had never been represented the Margay.

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