Caturday quiz: name those felids!

by Matthew Cobb

Name those cats, top to bottom!

Image from Journal of Experimental Biology, courtesy of the Cat Ambassador Program, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, photos by David Jenike, composite by Greg Hanson.

EDIT: Given it is now no longer Caturday anywhere on the planet, the answer is (highlight next line to reveal):

cheetah, ocelot, serval, domestic cat

Congrats to Russell Blackford who was the first person to unambiguously get it right. He wins absolutely nothing, but Ceiling Cat knows his own. A number of you got all four, but mixed up ocelot and serval.

You can read the original article ‘Interspecific scaling of the morphology and posture of limbs during the locomotion of cats (Felidae)’ by Lisa Day and Bruce Jayne here

47 Comments

  1. Posted January 14, 2012 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    Hate to be a cat nerd but Acinonyx jubatus – Leptailurus serval – Leopardus pardalis (maybe?) – Felis silvestris (or possibly a wild looking F. catus?)

    • James C. Trager
      Posted January 15, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

      A.k.a. cheetah, serval, ocelot, forest cat. I remember when all these were in Felis, a rather long time ago.
      Actually, as a bug nerd, I’ll admit I wasn’t sure if ocelot or margay.

  2. Posted January 14, 2012 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Beauty out of death

    I’ve followed your Z-letter archive for a couple of years so I think I remember the answers [more or less] ~ so can’t possibly comment. I appreciate your posts both here & there. It’s a pleasure to read the jottings of someone who knows & loves their subject

    Happy Caturday to you Matthew

  3. theinstinctofnottobecomeextinct
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    I like quizzes, but i do not know about these cats. May i point you to another quiz on science? It is on proving small pieces such that help creationists to understand… There is even a price of 1000 Euros! 🙂

    http://theinstinctofnottobecomeextinct.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/official-announcement-eur-1000-for-the-first-falsification-of-a-crkoc-in-creations-research-literature/

    best,

    SPAM-FFP

    • theinstinctofnottobecomeextinct
      Posted January 14, 2012 at 2:35 am | Permalink

      ooops. It is on proofing small pieces such that creationists can understand better …

  4. Aidan Karley
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    John, Paul, George and Ringo?

  5. Aidan Karley
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    I’m assuming that the image is “Photoshopped”. I’m trying to see evidence to probe that. “Paul” and “George” seem to have a slightly different sun angle (compare the head shadows) to “John” and “Ringo”. Otherwise … I can’t see much give away at this resolution.
    (Other than the attribution for “composite” to “Greg Hanson”)

    • Matthew Cobb
      Posted January 14, 2012 at 3:59 am | Permalink

      Yes it is photoshopped. Getting all those felids in one would be like herding… No higher res version available, sadly.

      • Matthew Cobb
        Posted January 14, 2012 at 4:00 am | Permalink

        In one *line*

        • Diane G.
          Posted January 15, 2012 at 4:11 am | Permalink

          Well, basically, in one *anything.*

          Incredibly cool journal cover!

  6. Jake
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    Cheetah – looks to me like the African variety, the Asiatic is close to extinction sadly; serval; ocelot; european wildcat (?)

  7. Adrian Johnson
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    Huge cat, big cat, cat, ceiling cat.

  8. Posted January 14, 2012 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    Top to bottom: cheetah, serval, ocelot, pussycat?

  9. Helen Ward
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    the bottom on is Gizmo

    • Helen Ward
      Posted January 14, 2012 at 6:28 am | Permalink

      oops, one not on

  10. Drew
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    back to front cheetah, serval, ocelot, domestic cat

  11. Posted January 14, 2012 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Baihu after moderate Photoshopping, Baihu after slght Photoshopping, Baihu after minimal Photoshopping, and Baihu carrying a few extra ounces.

    Cheers,

    b&

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 15, 2012 at 4:12 am | Permalink

      😀

  12. Bacopa
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    I’m going to go out on a limb here, just like a margay, and go against the crowd here.

    Cheetah
    Serval
    Margay
    Kitty cat, possibly a wild variety.

    Third cat looks too small to be an ocelot.

    So, do I win the prize?

    • Posted January 15, 2012 at 2:33 am | Permalink

      hmm, i was torn between ocelot and margay, but think it may be the former because i think a margay’s head might look somewhat “roundier” from the side and the eyes would be bigger.

  13. Posted January 14, 2012 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Short cat
    Tall cat
    Grande cat
    Venti cat

    Ok, common names:
    small one is the domestic cat, bob cat, cheetah, leopard.

    • eric
      Posted January 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

      Definitely not. Bobcats have naturally short (bobbed) tails. And the biggest one is almost certainly some type of cheetah (not the second one).

  14. Flounder99
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Plantation Cat
    Farm Cat
    Mansion Cat
    House Cat

  15. piero
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    Mafia boss
    Henchcat
    Small-time dealer
    Junkie cat

  16. ChasCPeterson
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Here’s a summary of the JEB cover article:

    The large range in size and similar shape of felids makes them well suited for isolating the effects of size on limb posture. Thus, L. M. Day and B. C. Jayne (pp. 642-654) compared the limb posture of nine different sized cat species including those in the composite photo (redacted, redacted, redacted and redacted). Unlike phylogenetically diverse samples of mammals, for which straighter limb posture correlates with increased size, felid limb posture and size have little significant correlation.

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 15, 2012 at 4:15 am | Permalink

      Thanks, that sounds so interesting!

  17. Notagod
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Kan
    eye
    havea
    treat

  18. Posted January 14, 2012 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Cheetah, Serval, Savannah, Housecat.

    • Bacopa
      Posted January 14, 2012 at 9:33 am | Permalink

      Glad someone else agrees with me it’s not an ocelot.

      • Posted January 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

        Just a guess. I saw a serval recently at our local zoo and noticed how much it resembles a domestic housecat. Sure enough, they can crossbreed with housecats to produce the savannah. Considered getting one, but they are becoming stylish and expensive. Anyway, that’s what the two middle cats look like to me, but I realize there are a lot of cat species and subspecies in north Africa and southern Asia. Many possibilities.

  19. David Leech
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Top Cat

    Choo Choo

    Brain

    Benny.

  20. Stephen Barnard
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    cheetah, serval, ocelot, tabby

  21. Utakata
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    The question really should be is how did they line those cats up? Cat herding is a unique delicate skill that should never be looked over along with origami…presuming this pic isn’t ‘Shop’d.

    • Matthew Cobb
      Posted January 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      It is photoshopped. That’s what ‘composite’ means in the credit.

      • Utakata
        Posted January 15, 2012 at 1:55 am | Permalink

        😦

  22. Lowen Gartner
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    The small one I think is the African Wild Cat – Felis silvestris lybica

  23. Marella
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    Cheetah
    Serval
    Pampas cat
    Domestic tabby.

    I posted this response yesterday but WordPress seems to have eaten it. 😦

    • Posted January 15, 2012 at 2:39 am | Permalink

      nah pampas cat is fuzzy, tubby with a stubby nose. didn’t know they were patterned actually but it seems they can be

  24. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Kitteh, kitteh, kitteh, cat.

  25. Tim
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Cheetah, serval, ocelot, wild cat…I thought number three was a margay for a second because of the size, but on closer inspection this composite is nowhere near to scale.

  26. whyevolutionistrue
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    OK, guessing is over. I have edited the post and put in the answer plus (not) awarded prizes…

    • Posted January 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

      You got them out of order – the serval is next biggest after the cheetah.

      /pedant

  27. Reginald Selkirk
    Posted January 15, 2012 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    So many kinds, so little time.

  28. Posted January 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Fluffy, Tigger, Spots McKenzie, Mr. Meowington

  29. Posted January 16, 2012 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    OMG, I won! I won! *Gets all excited.*


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