Leopard (yes Leopard not Snow Leopard) at Qinghai, China
This is interesting! This piece was sent to me by Sid Francis in Chengdu. It was written by his brother in law Zeng Zhang (and auto translated into English – if you are wondering why the grammar is a bit odd).
Would anyone like to decide what subspecies of Leopard this is?
Actually the subspecies p.p.japonensis was put to the p.p.orientalis in the: “A revised taxonomy of the Felidae” in 2017.
What would mean the north chinese leopard and the amur leopard are the same subspecies, which would still be a very rare subspecies (about 200-350 leopards left).
We have just been very lucky to have seen one specimen in Xinlong on the 28.11.2019.
Greetings Sophie and Manuel
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Amazing sighting, according to https://www.researchgate.net/figure/The-current-distribution-of-subspecies-of-the-leopard-Panthera-pardus-in-China-O-P_fig1_283478763 it would be Panthera pardus japonensis ( north Chinese leopard)