Fishing cat

By:Gracie Wade

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Felidae

Genus: Prionailurus

Scientific Name: Prionailurus viverrinus

Common Name: Fishing cat

Key Information

The fishing cat is in the cat family. They are found throughout south-east Asia and prefer dense, wetland habitats. The wetland provides dense vegetation, which provides cover from potential predators and prey. Fishing cats are nocturnal and hunt for food in the water at night. They are carnivorous and eat fish, shellfish, and snakes due to their ability to swim. Fishing cats live solitarily and are nocturnal. They usually move on land by walking, but are able to dive and swim in the water to catch prey.

Endangered status

Fishing cats are currently endangered due to their habitat loss, poachers, larger carnivores, and the loss of food in lakes and rivers because of over fishing.
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Interesting facts

The paws of a fishing cat are slightly webbed, which help them scoop fish out of the water.
Kittens Learning to Fish-Cincinnati Zoo