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Fishing Cat

Fishing Cat
Scientific Classification
Binomial name
Prionailurus viverrinus
The Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) is a medium-sized cat of Asia. Its fur has a olive-grey colour with dark spots. The size is variable: while it is 80 cm (plus 30 cm tail) in India, it is only 65 cm (plus 25 cm) in Indonesia.

Like its closest relative, the Leopard Cat, the Fishing Cat lives along rivers and brooks. It is even more adapted to this habitat, since it swims often and skilfully. On the other hand, the Fishing Cat is rather clumsy when climbing trees.

As the name implies, fish is the main prey of this cat. In addition it hunts for other aquatic animals like frogs or crayfish, as well as for terrestrial animals like rodents and birds.

There are two subspecies: