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Young leopard name: cub
Female leopard: leopardess
Male leopard: leopard, prowl, spot (has been proposed)
A group of leopards is called: leap, lepe
Leopard classification: pardine
Leopard class: Mammal
The leopard (IPA /lp(r)d/; Panthera pardus) is a member of the Felidae family and the smallest of the four ig cats in the genus Panthera; the other three are the tiger, lion and jaguar. Once distributed across southern Asia and Africa, from Korea to South Africa, the leopard's range of distribution has decreased radically over time due to hunting and loss of habitat, and the leopard now chiefly occurs in sub-Saharan Africa. There are fragmented populations in India, Indochina, Malaysia, and China. Due to the loss of range and continual declines in population, the cat has been downgraded to Near Threatened species; its numbers are greater than that of the other Panthera species, all of which face more acute conservation concerns.
The leopard has relatively short legs and a long body, with a large skull. Physically, it most closely resembles the jaguar, although it is usually smaller and of slighter build. Its fur is marked with rosettes which lack internal spots, unlike those of the jaguar. Leopards that are melanistic, either completely black or very dark in coloration, are one of the big cats known colloquially as black panthers.
The species' success in the wild owes in part to its opportunistic hunting behaviour, its adaptability to a variety of habitats and its ability to move at up to approximately 60 kilometres (37 miles) an hour. The leopard consumes virtually any animal it can hunt down and catch. Its preferred habitat ranges from rainforest to desert terrains. Its ecological role and status resembles that of the similarly-sized cougar in the Americas.
In antiquity, it was believed that a leopard was a hybrid of a lion and a panther, as is reflected in its name, a Greek portmanteau derived from lon (lion) and prdos (male panther), the latter related to Sanskrit pdku (snake, tiger, panther).
A panther can be any of several species of large felid; in North America, the term refers to cougars; in South America, jaguars; and everywhere else, it refers to leopards. Early naturalists distinguished between leopards and panthers not by colour (a common misconception), but by the length of the tailpanthers having longer tails than leopards.
Felis pardus was one of the many species described in Linnaeus's 18th-century work, Systema Naturae.
The generic component of its modern scientific designation, Panthera pardus, is derived from Latin via Greek pnthr. A folk etymology held that it was a compound of pan (all) and (beast). However, it is believed instead to derive from an Indo-Iranian word meaning whitish-yellow, pale; in Sanskrit, this word's reflex was para, from which was derived purka (tiger
then borrowed into Greek.
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