- Lynx serves as the general term commonly used to refer to any of the four various species of beautiful and impressive wildcats within one genus.
- All members of this stunning genus grow to medium-sized wildcats. This remarkable animal also continues to be renowned for its stealth as a hunter.
- Despite frequent misconceptions, neither the caracal sometimes called the Persian or African lynx, nor the jungle cat is a member of the genus.
Lynx Physical Description
The European lynx remains the largest of the four recognized species of Lynx.
It may weigh as much as 66 lb (30 kg) and stand as tall as 28 inches (70 cm) at the shoulder, and have a body length of as much as 51 inches (129 cm).
This beautiful wild feline remains best known for its short tail and characteristic tufts of black fur on the tips of its ears.
The animal has also evolved large, padded paws for walking on the snow. Its coloring varies from golden, to medium brown or beige-white.
Its over-sized paws can attain a size greater than the average human hand or foot.
Lynx Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
Two species dwell in Europe. The Eurasian species inhabits forests in central Europe, Siberia, and central Asia. Meanwhile, the Iberian species, which ranks as an Endangered Species with the IUCN, inhabits the Iberian Peninsula, in southern Europe.
The other two species inhabit portions of North America. The Canadian species inhabits regions of both forest and tundra, across Canada and Alaska. Meanwhile, the bobcat inhabits a territory ranging across woodlands in Canada, the United States, and northern Mexico.
All remain primarily solitary creatures. All also rank as skilled hunters, and will occasionally even hunt deer, though smaller prey is typically targeted.
The genus also appears adept at climbing trees and swimming, and will occasionally catch fish.