Synonyms. Felis concolor, Felis oregonensis.
Except for some overlap with Panthera onca, Puma concolor currently is the only large cat in Arizona, New Mexico, and Trans-Pecos Texas. It occurs in virtually all of the region, though most commonly in mountainous terrain.
Pleistocene remains average larger than those in the same areas today (Kurtén and Anderson 1980). Seymour (1993) reported that separation of Panthera onca and Puma concolor can be difficult to discriminate from one another on the basis of osteological characters.
Culver et al. (2000:196) suggested on the basis of genetic information that P. concolor may have been exterminated in North America at the time of the Pleistocene megafaunal extinction, "followed by repopulation and dispersal of a handful of [South American] migrants who had survived the cataclysm."
The tentative record from Algerita Blossom Cave, based on an incomplete metapodial, was reported as Panthera ? by Harris (1993c).
Wisconsin:CB:8:1 (Mead et al. 2003).
Early/Early-Mid Wisconsin: Lost Valley (Harris 1993c: cf.); Rm Vanishing Floor (Harris 1993c: cf.); Sabertooth Camel Maze (Harris 1993c).
Mid/Late Wisconsin: Hampton Court (Harris 1993c; UTEP: cf.); Rampart Cave (Kenworthy et al. 2004).
Mid/Late Wisconsin/Holocene: Sierra Diablo Cave (UTEP).
Late Wisconsin: Algerita Blossom Cave (UTEP: cf.); Dust Cave (Harris and Hearst 2012); Muskox Cave (Logan 1981); Pyeatt Cave (Mead et al. 2005); U-Bar Cave 13-14 ka (Harris 1989); U-Bar Cave 14-15 ka (Harris 1989).
Late Wisconsin/Holocene: Burnet Cave (Schultz and Howard 1935); Conkling Cavern (Conkling 1932); Deadman Cave (Mead et al. 1984); Howell's Ridge Cave (Harris 1993c); Isleta Cave No. 1 (UTEP); Stanton's Cave (Olsen and Olsen 1984); Williams Cave (Ayer 1936).
Ayer 1936; Conkling 1932; Culver et al. 2000; Harris 1989, 1993c; Harris and Hearst 2012; Kenworthy et al. 2004; Kurtén and Anderson 1980; Logan 1981; Mead et al. 1984; Mead et al. 2003; Mead et al. 2005; Olsen and Olsen 1984; Schultz and Howard 1935; Seymour 1993.
Synonyms. Felis lacustris, Lynx lacustris
A cat about the size of Lynx (Kurtén and Anderson 1980).
Late Blancan: 111 Ranch (Morgan and White 2005).
Kurtén and Anderson 1980; Morgan and White 2005.
Last Update: 11 Mar 2013