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Scientific Name: 
Prionailurus viverrinus
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Carnivora
Family: 
Felidae
Genus: 
Prionailurus
Species: 
viverrinus
Status: 
Least Concern
Population Trend: 
Decreasing
Quick Facts

Life Span: Up to 12 years

Size: Body length – 75-86cms; Tail length – 25-33cms.

Weight: 5-16kgs (Males heavier than females)

Female territories range from 4-6 km2 and male territories up to 22 km2.

Fun Facts

About twice the size of a typical domestic cat, Fishing Cats have quite stocky muscular bodies and short legs. 

They have olive coloured fur with dark spots arranged in horizontal streaks down their bodies with their undersides usually white in colour. 

Claws: Their claw tips protrude from their sheaths even when fully retracted.

Fishing: Fishing Cats can use their partially webbed paws to scoop fish, frogs, and other prey out of the water or swim underwater to prey on ducks and other aquatic birds.

The fishing cat is well adapted to water hunting, with a shorter tail than a regular cat; which is more efficient for swimming.

Distribution Map: 

These small, striking jungle cats are famous for their abilities in and around the water as adept and eager swimmers.  About twice the size of a typical domestic cat, Fishing Cats have quite stocky muscular bodies and short legs. 

At Taronga:

At Taronga Zoo we have 1 Fishing Cat, a female named Cantik (D.O.B. 12/01/02).

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Source: 
http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/9194/0
Year assessed: 
2010