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Re: Leopard vs. puma

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Sunday, December 5, 2004, 14:16
Well, when it comes to big cats, I knew we often have several names for
the same species.  So I looked up the English words, just in case this
may help:

You didn't mention "panther", but it is the most general term in this
area.  Technically, it refers to any member of the genus Panthera,
including jaguars, leopards and tigers; most stereotypically, it refers
specifically to a black leopard; and in general English usage, it can also
encompass cougars (Felis concolor), which are not part of Panthera.
Meanwhile, the word "puma" is an exact synonym for "cougar".