Leopard cat | ©Gaschwald
The Leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) is a small wild cat native to Asia with five recognized subspecies, whose patterns of genetic variation is currently under study.
The leopard cat is a widespread species in Asia, where occurs in a broad spectrum of habitats, from tropical rainforest to temperate broadleaf and, marginally, coniferous forest, as well as shrub forest and successional grasslands.
The species is classified as Least Concern in the IUCN Red List, but it is included on CITES Appendix II; populations in Bangladesh, India and Thailand are included on Appendix I (as Prionailurus bengalensis bengalensis). The species is protected at the national level over part of its range, with hunting prohibited in several countries.