Prionailurus viverrinus Bennett, 1833 - Fishing Cat

Subspecies in India

There are two subspecies listed in this species namely, P. v. viverrinus and P. v. rhizophoreus. 

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).

 

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Prionailurus viverrinus - Fishing Cat



This species is native to southeast Asia. It is distributed quite patchily. There are several subpopulations of P. v. viverrinus distributed in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Indochina. P. v. rhizophoreus is distributed in Java. It is closely associated with wetlands inhabiting swamps, terai, reed beds, and mangroves. As name suggests it primarily feeds on fishes along withcrabs, small rodents, snakes, molluscs etc. which it hunts mainly in the night.

Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).


According to IUCN Red List assessment, population of this species is fragmented heavily and decreasing all over its range. There are no estimates of its population, but it is believed to have decreased by 30% all over its range. Major threat to its survival come from habitat loss and fragmentation. Pollution, residential and commercial development, loss of prey, hunting and trapping, agriculture and uncontrolled fishing has damaged the species population overall.

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands
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Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
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Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha1
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
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Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Prionailurus viverrinus Bennett, 1833 – Fishing Cat. In Bayani, A., R. Chakravarty, and K. Kunte (Editors) (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 1.13. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.mammalsofindia.org/prionailurus-viverrinus, accessed 2024/04/16.