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Felini is a tribe in the Felidae family.

Leopard cat
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Tribe: Felini

† = extinct

There are two major groups of felids, the sabre-toothed cats of subfamily Machairodontinae and the conical-toothed cats. The conical toothed cats are divided into the pantherine cats, which include the big cats of genus Panthera and the clouded leopards of genus Neofelis, and the feline cats, which include all the rest of the cats, from the smaller Felis and Prionailurus cats to the larger puma and cheetah.

Some authorities use the subfamily Felinae sensu lato for all conical-toothed cats, in which case the tribe Felini is used for the feline cats, while the pantherine cats are assigned the tribe Pantherini. Other authorities use Felinae only for the feline cats (excluding the pantherine cats), in which case Felini is a synonym for Felinae sensu stricto.