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Ocelot, Leopardus pardalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Leopardus
Gray, 1842

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Leopardus range map
Leopardus diversity

Leopardus is a genus of small spotted cats that are native to Middle and South America. Very few species belonging to Leopardus are in the southern United States. Leopardus may be the oldest branch of the Felinae to go into the Americas, followed by the genera Lynx and Puma.