Leopardus is a small wild cat species that is native to Central and South America. It has a yellowish-brown coat with black spots and rosettes, and a white underside. It has a long tail with black rings and a black tip. Its habitat includes tropical and subtropical forests, grasslands, and scrublands. Its lifespan is typically between 12 and 15 years in the wild, and its current population is decreasing due to habitat loss and hunting.
Name Origin: The genus Leopardus is named after the Latin word for leopard, leopardus. This is due to the fact that the species within this genus are commonly referred to as "little spotted cats" or "ocelots". The genus was first described by German naturalist Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber in 1777.
Related Species: Leopardus pardalis, Leopardus wiedii, Leopardus tigrinus, Leopardus colocolo, Leopardus guttulus, Leopardus geoffroyi, Leopardus jacobitus, Leopardus braccatus, Leopardus guigna, Leopardus pajeros