Girish Mahajan

Caracal (genus)

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Mammalia
Family  Felidae
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Carnivora
Subfamily  Felinae
Caracal (genus)

Caracal is a genus of the subfamily Felinae in the family Felidae. Previously it was considered to be a monotypic genus, consisting of only the type species: Caracal caracal, commonly called caracal.

Genetic analysis has shown that caracal, African golden cat and serval are genetically closely related and diverged from a common ancestor about 5.4 million years ago. Therefore, it has been suggested to subordinate all of them to the genus Caracal. This taxonomic classification is used in the IUCN Red List for the African golden cat. It is used as a synonym for the serval.

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Caracal (genus) Wikipedia


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