Chilean cat or Kodkod (leopardus guigna). The Chilean cat or Kodkod is the smallest wild cat of South America and rival the Black Footed Cat (Africa) and the . Leopardus guigna is also known as the kodkod, guigna, or Chilean cat. It can be found in central and southern Chile, Chiloé Island of Chile, Guaitecas Island of. Image of Leopardus guigna; Map of Leopardus guigna L. guigna guigna(from in Chile and S in Argentina west of 70W) inhabits more-dense.

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Oncifelis guignathe former classification.

Sinceit has been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List as the total effective population may comprise less than 10, mature individuals, and is threatened due to persecution and loss of habitat and prey base. While ADW staff and contributors provide references to books and websites that we believe are reputable, we cannot necessarily endorse the contents keopardus references beyond our control.

Leopardus guigna

The ADW Team gratefully acknowledges their support. Guigna biology Stalking though the thick vegetation of its forest habitat, this secretive predator feeds on a variety of birds, including domestic geese and chickens, and also consumes rodents and small lizards 2 4. Kodkods are more likely to be nocturnal in areas populated by humans and diurnal in more wild areas Postanowicz, They are similar in appearance to Geoffroy’s cats Leopardus geoffroyi except kodkods have less distinct stripes on their head and shoulder regions and they have thicker tails Sunquist and Sunquist, Breeding season Breeding seasonality has not been reported.


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The older I get, the more I seem to attract the dislike of some people who do not even know me. Image credit Link to this image Add to scrapbook How you can use this image. Lucherini and Merino, Anti-predator Adaptations cryptic Known Predators humans Homo sapiens domestic dogs Canis lupus Ecosystem Roles Although more studies are necessary, research suggest kodkods help to control rodent populations The World Conservation Union, X Close Link to this photo Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below.

Two subspecies are recognized: Leopardus guigna is also known as the kodkod, guigna, or Chilean cat.

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Eastern lowland olingo B. They are threatened by domestic dogs and hunting by humansand habitat fragmentation and loss due to deforestation.

Negative Kodkods have been known to occasionally prey on domestic poultry. Kodkods have body lengths from 40 to 52 centimeters, with tail length between 19 and 25 centimeters Nowak, Kays, and Macdonald, They are solitary carnivores with males ranging more widely than females Sanderson, Sunquist, and Iriarte, They are excellent climbers, and easily able to climb trees more than a meter in diameter.


Help us share the wonders of the natural world. The average litter size is one to three kittens.

Kodkod (Leopardus guigna) ·

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Journal of Zoology London Characteristics The Kodkod has a small head, large feet, and a thick tail. South American fur seal A. Steller sea lion E. This species may live to be about 11 years old.

They are terrestrial predators of birdslizards and rodents in the ravines and forested areas, feeding on southern lapwingaustral thrushchucao tapaculohuet-huetdomestic geese and chicken. Kodkods have litter sizes that range between 1 and 4 offspring Sunquist and Sunquist, Small family listed below.