Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Margay

MargayMargay is a South American wild cat that shares much physical resemblance with its cousins Ocelot and Oncilla. Leopardus Wiedii, it is often called Tree Ocelot owing to its unparalleled arboreal skills among cats. Weighing usually in the range of ten to fifteen pounds, it is up to four feet long, inclusive of tail.

Fur is yellowish in base coloration. There are various dark markings in the form of blotches over its body. Belly and under parts are lighter. Tails are long and ringed. Subspecies living at higher altitudes have greater spots and marks than the cats living in plains. An extraordinary morphological trait is the ankle joint that allows movement of 180° of its paws, enabling the Margay to descend head first from trees, hang from its branches with just one foot and move upside down beneath branches - giving the cat an almost ape-like ease of movement on trees.

Despite the predominantly arboreal lifestyle, Margay also hunts on ground taking a variety of animals including insects, squirrels, lizards, birds, eggs, tree frogs and small monkeys. It is often seen moving speedily among trees chasing monkeys. A nocturnal and solitary feline, alongside Clouded Leopard, Margay is believed to be the best tree climber among cats.

Seen in a number of South American countries, Margay, also known as the Long-tail Spotted Cat, is divided into a number of subspecies based upon its regional distribution:

Margay distributionLeopardus Wiedii Wiedii - Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay

Leopardus Wiedii Nicaraguae - Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua

Leopardus Wiedii Pirrensis - Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru

Leopardus Wiedii Amazonicus - Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela

Leopardus Wiedii Boliviae - Bolivia

Leopardus Wiedii Salvinius - Chiapas, El Salvador and Guatemala

Leopardus Wiedii Yucatanicus - Yucatán

Leopardus Wiedii Cooperi - Mexico

Leopardus Wiedii Glauculus - Mexico

Leopardus Wiedii Oaxacensis - Mexico

Even as some evidence suggests that the cats may be sociable in the wild, they are generally thought to be solitary. Generally one kitten is born after a pregnancy lasting around eighty days. Maturity is reached within the first year of life. Lifespan of up to twenty years has been recorded in captivity.

Fur trade and loss of habitat have had serious toll on the numbers of Margay in the wild. Still the resilient cat has managed to survive and maintain its niche in nature. It is therefore believed to be still abundant in the forests of South America, rendering it the current classification of Least Concern.

28 comments:

Marina said...

I am doing a project on the margay cat. It is due tomorrow, so if you could get back to me as soon as you can that would be great. I was wondering what are the preditors of the margay, and where is it on the food chain?

snowforest said...

Margay is at times preyed upon by larger and more powerful hunters in its territory, including the harpy eagle, cougar and jaguar. The chief predator however remain the human beings who hunt this beautiful cat for its fur. It is therefore not the apex predator in its habitat and occupies a place amongst carnivores in the upper half of the food chain pyramid, usually as a secondary or tertiary consumer.

Good luck on your project :)

Anonymous said...

I Didn't know cougars lived in South America.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

If it were me I would not have written back until long after the individual up above had most likely turned in her project. Don't do things at the last minute and expect to receive help.

Anonymous said...

hey does any 1 know the food chain for the margay i have a report due 2morow and i cant find it plz help

Anonymous said...

how does a margay move from place to place

Jocelyn said...

dose a margay migrate if so where

Anonymous said...

What is the margay's niche?

michellepencola said...

i have a project due friday i need to no if a margay migrate or not

Anonymous said...

You guys are fucking retarded. Use Google.

Anonymous said...

i need a food chain!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

where can i buy a margay kitten i would like to own one

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me a food chain for the Margay Tiger Cat? It is for a project

Anonymous said...

this was really helpful

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Anonymous said...

margays are so cute! 😊💜

jude said...

why is a margay not classified as a Big Cat

Anonymous said...

So helpful. Thanks ;-)

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Anonymous said...

I am studying the animal

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Anonymous said...

why are they not classified as big cats?

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