Catopuma – Bay & Asian golden cat

With genus Pardofelis , this genus forms the bay cat lineage

Their closest relative is the marbled cat of the genus Pardofelis, also endemic to Asia. These two genera share a common ancestor before they diverged from each other about 9.4 million years ago.

Catopuma genus consists of two wild cat species, the bay cat of Borneo island and the Asian golden cat, scattered in southeast Asia. Both species have a similar appearance: reddish-brown with darker spots on their head.

Both species are inhabitants of forests that undergo the destruction of habitat due to deforestation. They are also victims of poaching activities for illegal wildlife trades.