Felidae is a family of mammals in the order Carnivora, colloquially referred to as cats, and constitutes a clade. A member of this family is also called a felid.[3][4][5][6] The term "cat" refers both to felids in general and specifically to the domestic cat (Felis catus).[7]

Temporal range:
OligocenePresent, 25–0 Ma
Clockwise from top left: tiger (Panthera tigris), Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis), fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus), European wildcat (Felis silvestris), ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), Asian golden cat (Catopuma temminckii), serval (Leptailurus serval) and cougar (Puma concolor).
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Fischer von Waldheim, 1817
Type genus
Felidae ranges

Felidae species exhibit the most diverse fur pattern of all terrestrial carnivores.[8] Cats have retractile claws, slender muscular bodies and strong flexible forelimbs. Their teeth and facial muscles allow for a powerful bite. They are all obligate carnivores, and most are solitary predators ambushing or stalking their prey. Wild cats occur in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Some wild cat species are adapted to forest habitats, some to arid environments, and a few also to wetlands and mountainous terrain. Their activity patterns range from nocturnal and crepuscular to diurnal, depending on their preferred prey species.[9]

Reginald Innes Pocock divided the extant Felidae into three subfamilies: the Pantherinae, the Felinae and the Acinonychinae, differing from each other by the ossification of the hyoid apparatus and by the cutaneous sheaths which protect their claws.[10] This concept has been revised following developments in molecular biology and techniques for analysis of morphological data. Today, the living Felidae are divided in two subfamilies: the Pantherinae and Felinae, with the Acinonychinae subsumed into the latter. Pantherinae includes five Panthera and two Neofelis species, while Felinae includes the other 34 species in ten genera.[11]

The first cats emerged during the Oligocene about 25 million years ago, with the appearance of Proailurus and Pseudaelurus. The latter species complex was ancestral to two main lines of felids: the cats in the extant subfamilies and a group of extinct cats of the subfamily Machairodontinae, which include the saber-toothed cats such as the Smilodon. The "false sabre-toothed cats", the Barbourofelidae and Nimravidae, are not true cats, but are closely related. Together with the Felidae, Viverridae, hyaenas and mongooses, they constitute the Feliformia.[7]


All members of the cat family have the following characteristics in common:

  • They are digitigrade, have five toes on their forefeet and four on their hind feet. Their curved claws are protractile and attached to the terminal bones of the toe with ligaments and tendons. The claws are guarded by cutaneous sheaths, except in the Acinonyx.[12]
  • They actively protract the claws by contracting muscles in the toe,[9] and they passively retract them. The dewclaws are expanded but do not protract.[13]
  • They have 30 teeth with a dental formula of The upper third premolar and lower molar are adapted as carnassial teeth, suited to tearing and cutting flesh.[14] The canine teeth are large, reaching exceptional size in the extinct saber-toothed species. The lower carnassial is smaller than the upper carnassial and has a crown with two compressed blade-like pointed cusps.[9]
  • Their nose projects slightly beyond the lower jaw.[12]
  • They have well developed and highly sensitive whiskers above the eyes, on the cheeks, on the muzzle, but not below the chin.[12] Whiskers help to navigate in the dark and to capture and hold prey.[13]
  • Their skull is foreshortened with a rounded profile and large orbits.[13]
  • Their tongue is covered with horny papillae, which rasp meat from prey and aid in grooming.[13]
  • Their eyes are relatively large, situated to provide binocular vision. Their night vision is especially good due to the presence of a tapetum lucidum, which reflects light back inside the eyeball, and gives felid eyes their distinctive shine. As a result, the eyes of felids are about six times more light sensitive than those of humans, and many species are at least partially nocturnal. The retina of felids also contains a relatively high proportion of rod cells, adapted for distinguishing moving objects in conditions of dim light, which are complemented by the presence of cone cells for sensing colour during the day.[9]
  • Their external ears are large, and especially sensitive to high-frequency sounds in the smaller cat species. This sensitivity allows them to locate small rodent prey.[9]
  • They have lithe and flexible bodies with muscular limbs.[9]
  • The plantar pads of both fore and hind feet form compact three-lobed cushions.[14]
  • The penis is subconical and boneless.[12] Relative to body size, they have shorter bacula than canids.[15]
  • They cannot detect the sweetness of sugar, as they lack the sweet-taste receptor.[16]
  • Felids have a vomeronasal organ in the roof of the mouth, allowing them to "taste" the air.[17] The use of this organ is associated with the Flehmen response.[18]
  • The standard sounds made by all felids include meowing, spitting, hissing, snarling and growling. Meowing is the main contact sound, whereas the others signify an aggressive motivation.[9]
  • They can purr during both phases of respiration, though pantherine cats seem to purr only during oestrus and copulation, and as cubs when suckling. Purring is generally a low pitch sound of less than 2 kHz and mixed with other vocalization types during the expiratory phase.[19]

The colour, length and density of their fur is very diverse. Fur colour covers the gamut from white to black, and fur pattern from distinctive small spots, stripes to small blotches and rosettes. Most cat species are born with a spotted fur, except the jaguarundi (Herpailurus yagouaroundi), Asian golden cat (Catopuma temminckii) and caracal (Caracal caracal). The spotted fur of lion (Panthera leo) and cougar (Puma concolor) cubs change to a uniform fur during their ontogeny.[8] Those living in cold environments have thick fur with long hair, like the snow leopard (Panthera uncia) and the Pallas's cat (Otocolobus manul).[13] Those living in tropical and hot climate zones have short fur. Several species exhibit melanism with all-black individuals.[9]

In the great majority of cat species, the tail is between a third and a half of the body length, although with some exceptions, like the Lynx species and margay.[9] Cat species vary greatly in body and skull sizes, and weights:

  • The largest cat species is the tiger (Panthera tigris), with a head-to-body length of up to 390 cm (150 in), a weight range of at least 65 to 325 kg (143 to 717 lb), and a skull length ranging from 316 to 413 mm (12.4 to 16.3 in).[9][20] Although the maximum skull length of a lion is slightly greater at 419 mm (16.5 in), it is generally smaller in head-to-body length than the former.[21]
  • The smallest cat species are the rusty-spotted cat (Prionailurus rubiginosus) and the black-footed cat (Felis nigripes). The former is 35–48 cm (14–19 in) in length and weighs 0.9–1.6 kg (2.0–3.5 lb).[9] The latter has a head-to-body length of 36.7–43.3 cm (14.4–17.0 in) and a maximum recorded weight of 2.45 kg (5.4 lb).[22][23]

Most cat species have a haploid number of 18 or 19. Central and South American cats have a haploid number of 18, possibly due to the combination of two smaller chromosomes into a larger one.[24]


Megantereon model at Natural History Museum of Basel
Model of Smilodon fatalis
Graphical reconstruction of an American lion (Panthera atrox)

The family Felidae is part of the Feliformia, a suborder that diverged probably between 50.6 and 35 million years ago into several families.[25] The Felidae and the Asiatic linsangs are considered a sister group, which split between 35.2 and 31.9 million years ago.[26]

The earliest cats probably appeared between 35 and 28.5 million years ago. Proailurus is the oldest known cat that occurred after the Eocene–Oligocene extinction event about 33.9 million years ago; fossil remains were excavated in France and Mongolia's Hsanda Gol Formation.[7] Fossil occurrences indicate that the Felidae arrived in North America earliest 25 million years ago. This is about 20 million years later than the Ursidae and the Nimravidae, and about 10 million years later than the Canidae.[27]

In the Early Miocene between 20 and 16.6 million years ago, Pseudaelurus lived in Africa. Its fossil jaws were also excavated in geological formations of Europe's Vallesian, Asia's Middle Miocene and North America's late Hemingfordian to late Barstovian epochs.[28]

In the Early or Middle Miocene, the sabre-toothed Machairodontinae evolved in Africa and migrated northwards in the Late Miocene.[29] With their large upper canines, they were adapted to prey on large-bodied megaherbivores.[30][31] Miomachairodus is the oldest known member of this subfamily. Metailurus lived in Africa and Eurasia between 8 and 6 million years ago. Several Paramachaerodus skeletons were found in Spain. Homotherium appeared in Africa, Eurasia and North America around 3.5 million years ago, and Megantereon about 3 million years ago. Smilodon lived in North and South America from about 2.5 million years ago. This subfamily became extinct in the Late Pleistocene.[29]

Results of mitochondrial analysis indicate that the living Felidae species descended from a common ancestor, which originated in Asia in the Late Miocene epoch. They migrated to Africa, Europe and the Americas in the course of at least 10 migration waves during the past ~11 million years. Low sea levels, interglacial and glacial periods facilitated these migrations.[32] Panthera blytheae is the oldest known pantherine cat dated to the late Messinian to early Zanclean ages about 4.1–5.95 million years ago. A fossil skull was excavated in 2010 in Zanda County on the Tibetan Plateau.[33] Panthera palaeosinensis from North China probably dates to the Late Miocene or Early Pliocene. The skull of the holotype is similar to that of a lion or leopard.[34] Panthera zdanskyi dates to the Gelasian about 2.55–2.16 million years ago. Several fossil skulls and jawbones were excavated in northwestern China.[35] Panthera gombaszoegensis is the earliest known pantherine cat that lived in Europe between 1.95 and 1.77 million years ago.[36]

Living felids fall into eight evolutionary lineages or species clades.[37][38] Genotyping of nuclear DNA of all 41 felid species revealed that hybridization between species occurred in the course of evolution within the majority of the eight lineages.[39]

Modelling of felid coat pattern transformations revealed that nearly all patterns evolved from small spots.[40]


Traditionally, five subfamilies have been distinguished within the Felidae based on phenotypical features: the Pantherinae, the Felinae, the Acinonychinae,[10] and the extinct Machairodontinae and Proailurinae.[2]

Living species

The following table shows the living genera within the Felidae, grouped according to the traditional phenotypical classification.[11] Estimated genetic divergence times of the corresponding eight genotypical evolutionary lineages are indicated in million years ago (Mya), based on analysis of autosomal, xDNA, yDNA and mtDNA gene segments;[32] and estimates based on analysis of biparental nuclear genomes.[39]

Subfamily Pantherinae
GenusSpeciesIUCN Red List status and distribution
Neofelis Gray, 1867[41]
[Lineage 1: 14.45 to 8.38 Mya]
Clouded leopard (N. nebulosa) (Griffith, 1821)[42]

diverged 9.32 to 4.47 Mya


Sunda clouded leopard (N. diardi) (Cuvier, 1823)[44]

diverged 2 to 0.9 Mya[45]


Panthera Oken, 1816[47]
[Lineage 1]; 11.75 to 0.97 Mya[39]
Leopard (P. pardus) (Linnaeus, 1758)[48]

diverged 4.63 to 1.81 Mya


Tiger (P. tigris) (Linnaeus, 1758)[50]

diverged 4.62 to 1.82 Mya


Snow leopard (P. uncia) (Schreber, 1775)[52]

diverged 4.62 to 1.82 Mya


Lion (P. leo) (Linnaeus, 1758)[54]

diverged 3.46 to 1.22 Mya


Jaguar (P. onca) (Linnaeus, 1758)[56]

diverged 3.46 to 1.22 Mya


Subfamily Felinae
GenusSpeciesIUCN Red List status and distribution
Pardofelis Severtzov, 1858[58]
[Lineage 2: 12.77 to 7.36 Mya]
Marbled cat (P. marmorata) (Martin, 1836)[59]

diverged 8.42 to 4.27 Mya


Catopuma Severtzov, 1858[58]
[Lineage 2]; 8.47 to 0.41 Mya[39]
Asian golden cat (C. temminckii) (Vigors & Horsfield, 1827)[61]

diverged 6.42 to 2.96 Mya; 4.58 to 0.03 Mya[39]


Bay cat (C. badia) (Gray, 1874)[63]

diverged 6.42 to 2.96 Mya; 4.58 to 0.03 Mya[39]


Leptailurus Severtzov, 1858[58]
[Lineage 3: 11.56 to 6.66 Mya]
Serval (L. serval) (Schreber, 1775)[65]

diverged 7.91 to 4.14 Mya


Caracal Gray, 1843[67]
[Lineage 3]; 11.99 to 3.64 Mya[39]
Caracal (C. caracal) (Schreber, 1776)[68]

diverged 2.93 to 1.19 Mya; 6.25 to 0.07 Mya[39]


African golden cat (C. aurata) (Temminck, 1827)[70]

diverged 2.93 to 1.19 Mya; 6.25 to 0.07 Mya[39]


Leopardus Gray, 1842[72]
[Lineage 4: 10.95 to 6.3 Mya]; 5.19 to 0.93 Mya[39]
Pampas cat (L. colocola) (Molina, 1782)[73]

diverged 2.70 to 1.18 Mya


Andean mountain cat (L. jacobitus) (Cornalia, 1865)[75]

diverged 2.70 to 1.18 Mya


Ocelot (L. pardalis) (Linnaeus, 1758)[77]

diverged 2.41 to 1.01 Mya; 4.76 to 0.05 Mya[39]


Margay (L. wiedii) (Schinz, 1821)[79]

diverged 2.41 to 1.01 Mya; 4.76 to 0.05 Mya[39]


Kodkod (L. guigna) (Molina, 1782)[73]

diverged 1.48 to 0.56 Mya; 4.64 to 0.04 Mya[39]


Geoffroy's cat (L. geoffroyi) (d'Orbigny & Gervais, 1844)[82]

diverged 1.48 to 0.56 Mya; 4.64 to 0.04 Mya[39]


Oncilla (L. tigrinus) (Schreber, 1775)[84]

diverged 1.48 to 0.56 Mya


Southern tigrina (L. guttulus) (Hensel, 1872)[86]

diverged 0.8 to 0.5 Mya[87]


Lynx Kerr, 1792[89]
[Lineage 5: 9.81 to 5.62 Mya]; 8.67 to 2.39 Mya[39]
Bobcat (L. rufus) (Schreber, 1777)[90]

diverged 4.74 to 2.53 Mya


Canada lynx (L. canadensis) Kerr, 1792[89]

diverged 2.6 to 1.06 Mya


Eurasian lynx (L. lynx) (Linnaeus, 1758)[93]

diverged 1.98 to 0.7 Mya


Iberian lynx (L. pardinus) (Temminck, 1827)[95]

diverged 1.98 to 0.7 Mya


Acinonyx Brookes, 1828[97]
[Lineage 6: 9.20 to 5.27 Mya]
Cheetah (A. jubatus) Schreber, 1775)[98]

diverged 6.92 to 3.86 Mya


Puma Jardine 1834[100]
[Lineage 6]
Cougar (P. concolor) Linnaeus, 1771[101]

diverged 6.01 to 3.16 Mya


Herpailurus Severtzov, 1858[58]
[Lineage 6]
Jaguarundi (H. yagouaroundi) (Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1803)[103]

diverged 6.01 to 3.16 Mya


Otocolobus Ognev, 1928[105]
[Lineage 7: 8.55 to 4.8 Mya]; 9.4 to 1.46 Mya[39]
Pallas's cat (O. manul) (Pallas, 1776)[106]

diverged 8.16 to 4.53 Mya


Prionailurus Severtzov, 1858[58]
[Lineage 7]; 8.76 to 0.73 Mya[39]
Rusty-spotted cat (P. rubiginosus) (Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1834)[108]

diverged 6.54 to 3.42 Mya


Leopard cat (P. bengalensis) (Kerr, 1792)[110]

diverged 4.31 to 2.04 Mya


Fishing cat (P. viverrinus) (Bennett, 1833)[112]

diverged 3.82 to 1.74 Mya


Flat-headed cat (P. planiceps) (Vigors & Horsfield, 1827)[61]

diverged 3.82 to 1.74 Mya


Sunda leopard cat (P. javanensis) (Desmarest, 1816)[115]

diverged 1.3 to 0.56 Mya[116]

Felis Linnaeus, 1758[117]
[Lineage 8: 4.88 to 2.41 Mya]; 6.52 to 1.03 Mya[39]
Jungle cat (F. chaus) Schreber, 1777[118]

diverged 4.88 to 2.41 Mya


Black-footed cat (F. nigripes) Burchell, 1824[120]

diverged 4.44 to 2.16 Mya


Sand cat (F. margarita) Loche, 1858[122]

diverged 3.67 to 1.72 Mya


Chinese mountain cat (F. bieti) Milne-Edwards, 1892[124]

diverged 1.86 to 0.72 Mya


African wildcat (F. lybica) Forster, 1780[126]

diverged 1.86 to 0.72 Mya

European wildcat (F. silvestris) Schreber, 1777[127]

diverged 1.62 to 0.59 Mya


Domestic cat (F. catus) Linnaeus, 1758[117]


The phylogenetic relationships of living felids are shown in the following cladogram:[32]

Panthera lineage

Leopard (P. pardus)

Lion (P. leo)

Jaguar (P. onca)

Snow leopard (P. uncia)

Tiger (P. tigris)


Clouded leopard (N. nebulosa)

Sunda clouded leopard (N. diardi)

Bay cat lineage

Bay cat (C. badia)

Asian golden cat (C. temminckii)


Marbled cat (P. marmorata)

Caracal lineage

Caracal (C. caracal)

African golden cat (C. aurata)


Serval (L. serval)

Ocelot lineage

Geoffroy's cat (L. geoffroyi)

Kodkod (L. guigna)

Oncilla (L. tigrina)

Andean mountain cat (L. jacobita)

Pampas cat (L. colocola)

Ocelot (L. pardalis)

Margay (L. wiedii)

Lynx lineage

Eurasian lynx (L. lynx)

Iberian lynx (L. pardinus)

Canada lynx (L. canadensis)

Bobcat (L. rufus)

Puma lineage

Cougar (P. concolor)


Jaguarundi (H. yagouaroundi)


Cheetah (A. jubatus)

Leopard cat lineage

Leopard cat (P. bengalensis)

Fishing cat (P. viverrinus)

Flat-headed cat (P. planiceps)

Rusty-spotted cat (P. rubiginosus)


Pallas's cat (O. manul)


Jungle cat (F. chaus)

Black-footed cat (F. nigripes)

Sand cat (F. margarita)

Chinese mountain cat (F. bieti)

African wildcat (F. lybica)

European wildcat (F. silvestris)

Domestic cat (F. catus)

Domestic cat lineage    

Prehistoric taxa

  • Proailurinae
  • Pseudailurus grade
    • Pseudaelurus (Gervais, 1850)[131][7]
      • P. quadridentatus (Blainville, 1882)
      • P. guangheesis (Cao et al, 1990)
      • P. cuspidatus (Wang et al, 1998)
    • Sivaelurus (Pilgrim, 1910)
      • S. chinjiensis (Pilgrim, 1910)
    • Hyperailurictis (Kretzoi, 1929)
      • H. intrepidus (Leidy, 1858)
      • H. marshi (Thorpe, 1922)
      • H. stouti (Schultz & Martin, 1972)
      • H. validus (Rothwell, 2001)
      • H. skinneri (Rothwell, 2003)
    • Styriofelis (Kretzoi, 1929)
      • S. turnauensis (Deperet, 1892)
      • S. romieviensis (Roman & Viret, 1934)
    • Miopanthera (Kretzoi, 1938)
      • M. lorteti (Gaillard, 1899)
      • M. pamiri (Ozansoy, 1965)
  • Pantherinae
  • Felinae
    • Felis
    • Lynx
    • Puma
    • Acinonyx
      • A. pardinensis (Croizet & Jobert, 1828)
      • A. intermedius (Thenius, 1954)[7]
      • A. aicha (Geraads, 1997)
    • Sivapanthera (Kretzoi, 1929)
      • S. arvernensis (Croizet & Jobert, 1828)
      • S. brachygnathus (Lydekker, 1884)
      • S. pleistocaenicus (Zdansky, 1925)
      • S. potens (Pilgrim, 1932)
      • S. linxiaensis (Qiu et al., 2004)
      • S. padhriensis (Ghaffar & Akhtar, 2004)
    • Pratifelis (Hibbard, 1934)
    • Miracinonyx (Adams, 1979)[137]
      • M. inexpectatus (Cope, 1895)
      • M. trumani (Orr, 1969)
    • Diamantofelis (Morales, Pickford, Soria & Fraile, 1998)[138]
      • D. ferox (Morales, Pickford, Soria & Fraile, 1998)
    • Namafelis (Morales, Pickford, Fraile, Salesa & Soria, 2003)[139]
      • N. minor (Morales, Pickford, Fraile, Salesa & Soria, 2003)
    • Asilifelis (Werdelin, 2011)[140]
      • A. coteae Werdelin, 2011
    • Leptofelis (Salesa et al., 2012)
      • L. vallesiensis (Salesa et al., 2012)
    • Pristifelis (Salesa et al., 2012)
    • Katifelis (Adrian, Werdelin & Grossman, 2018)[141]
      • K. nightingalei (Adrian, Werdelin & Grossman, 2018)
  • Machairodontinae
    • Tchadailurus (Salesa et al., 2012)
      • T. adei (Bonis et al., 2018)
    • Tribe Metailurini:
      • Metailurus (Zdansky, 1924)[142]
        • M. major (Zdansky, 1924)
        • M. mongoliensis (Colbert, 1939)
        • M. ultimus (Li, 2014)
        • M. boodon
      • Adelphailurus (Hibbard, 1934)
        • A. kansensis (Hibbard, 1934)
      • Stenailurus
        • S. teilhardi
      • Dinofelis (Zdansky, 1924)[29][143]
        • D. aronoki
        • D. barlowi
        • D. cristata
        • D. darti
        • D. diastemata
        • D. paleoonca
        • D. petteri
        • D. piveteaui
      • Yoshi (Spassov and Geraads, 2014)[144]
        • Y. minor (Zdansky, 1924)
        • Y. garevskii (Spassov and Geraads, 2014)
    • Tribe Smilodontini:
      • Megantereon (Croizet & Jobert, 1828)
        • M. cultridens (Cuvier, 1824)
        • M. nihowanensis (Teilhard de Chardin & Piveteau, 1930)
        • M. hesperus (Gazin, 1933)
        • M. whitei (Broom, 1937)
        • M. inexpectatus (Tielhard de Chardin, 1939)
        • M. vakshensis (Sarapov, 1986)
        • M. ekidoit (Werdelin & Lewis, 2000)
        • M. microta (Zhu et al., 2015)
      • Smilodon (Lund, 1842)
        • S. populator (Lund, 1842)
        • S. fatalis (Leidy, 1869)
        • S. gracilis (Cope, 1880)
      • Paramachairodus (Pilgrim, 1913)
        • P. maximiliani
        • P. orientalis
        • P. transasiaticus
      • Promegantereon (Kretzoi, 1938)[142]
        • P. ogygia (Kretzoi, 1938)
      • Rhizosmilodon (Wallace & Hulbert, 2013)
        • R. fiteae (Wallace & Hulbert, 2013)
    • Tribe Homotherini:
      • Homotherium (Fabrini, 1890)
        • H. latidens (Owen, 1846)
        • H. serum (Cope, 1893)
        • H. ischyrus (Merriam, 1905)
        • H. venezuelensis (Rincón et al., 2011)
      • Amphimachairodus (Kretzoi, 1929)[142]
        • A. giganteus (Kretzoi, 1929)
        • A. kurteni (Sotnikova, 1992)
        • A. coloradensis (Anton et al., 2013)
        • A. alvarezi (Ruiz-Ramoni et al., 2019)
      • Nimravides (Kitts, 1958)[142]
        • N. catacopsis (Cope, 1887)
        • N. pedionomus (MacDonald, 1948)
        • N. thinobates (MacDonald, 1948)
        • N. hibbardi (Dalquest, 1969)
        • N. galiani (Baskin, 1981)
      • Xenosmilus (Martin et al., 2000)
        • X. hodsonae (Martin et al., 2000)
      • Lokotunjailurus (Werdelin, 2003)
        • L. emageritus (Werdelin, 2003)
        • L. fanonei (Bonis, Peigné, Mackaye, Likius, Vignaud & Brunet, 2010)
    • Tribe Machairodontini:
      • Machairodus (Kaup, 1833)[142]
        • M. aphanistus (Kaup, 1832)
        • M. horribilis (Schlosser, 1903)
        • M. robinsoni (Kurtén, 1975)
        • M. pseudaeluroides (Schmidt-Kittler 1976)
        • M. alberdiae (Ginsburg et al., 1981)
        • M. laskerevi (Sotnikova, 1992)
        • M. kabir (Peigné et al., 2005)
      • Hemimachairodus (Koenigswald, 1974)
        • H. zwierzyckii (Koenigswald, 1974)
      • Miomachairodus (Schmidt-Kittler 1976)
        • M. pseudaeluroides (Schmidt-Kittler 1976)

See also


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