Panthera is a genus of the family Felidae. It has five living species, which are the biggest cats in the Felidae. The tiger is the largest Panthera species, and the largest of all cats. The leopard is the smallest Panthera species.[1]

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Two lions (Panthera leo)
Scientific classification e
Unrecognized taxon (fix): Pan-Carnivora
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Pantherinae
Genus: Panthera
Oken, 1816
Type species
Felis pardus
Linnaeus, 1758

Results of genetic analysis indicate that the snow leopard also belongs to the Panthera, a classification that was accepted by IUCN assessors in 2008.[2][3] The genus Neofelis is also closely related.


Panthera Media


  1. Turner A. 1997. The big cats and their fossil relatives. Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-10229-1
  2. Johnson W.E. et al 2006. The late Miocene radiation of modern Felidae: a genetic assessment". Science 311 (5757): 73–77. [1]
  3. Jackson R. (2008). "Panthera uncia". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature.