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Asiatic cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus)

United Arab Emirates BorneanTiger Offline
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( This post was last modified: 09-02-2019, 06:19 PM by BorneanTiger )

As I was searching for images of Asiatic lions from the Middle East, particularly from Assyria, Mesopotamia (mostly Iraq) and Persia (Iran), I came across this image of an ancient Syrian relief from Palmyra, in Alamy:

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Though the caption says "2 Cent Palmyra Syria Syrian Museum Hunter Lion Tiger", the relief doesn't even appear to be of a leopard (which is in the genus Panthera like the lion, tiger, jaguar and snow leopard, as opposed to the cheetah's genus Acinonyx), given the spots (like jaguars, leopards have rosettes, as opposed to just spots), and as depicted shown by the work of Harrison and Bates, which I referenced in the main thread, the Levant was indeed occupied by the cheetah:

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To avoid clogging up the main thread, I made this one.
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Germany Lycaon Offline
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Two Venaticus spotted a few days ago in the semnan province.

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