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The Pantanal jaguar was proposed as the largest subspecies of jaguar, with the taxonomic name Panthera onca palustris (Ameghino, 1888), native to the Pantanal of South America, besides Argentina,[1][2] before later research failed to find evidence for different subspecies of jaguar.[3] Besides Brazil, the Pantanal forms part of Bolivia and Paraguay, the namesake countries of Panthera onca boliviensis and Panthera onca paraguensis.[1][2][4]

Pantanal jaguar
Jaguar (Panthera onca palustris) male Rio Negro.JPG
Male Pantanal jaguar with a collar near Rio Negro, Southern Pantanal.
Jaguar (Panthera onca palustris) female Piquiri River 2.JPG
Female Pantanal jaguar near Piquirí River (São Lourenço), Northern Pantanal.
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panthera
Species: P. onca
Subspecies: P. o. palustris
Trinomial name
Panthera onca palustris

Jaguars from the Pantanal region are the largest of their species, with lengths of about 2.7 m (8.9 ft), average weights of about 100 kg (220 lb), and some individuals weighing more than 135 kg (298 lb).[5] This would make it similar to Javan and Sumatran tigers in size.[6]


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  1. ^ a b Seymour, K.L. (1989). "Panthera onca" (PDF). Mammalian Species. 340 (340): 1–9. JSTOR 3504096. doi:10.2307/3504096. Retrieved 2015-09-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Subespecies del Jaguar" (html). AnimalesExtincion. Retrieved 2015-09-04. 
  3. ^ Larson, Shawn E. (1997). "Taxonomic re-evaluation of the jaguar". Zoo Biology. 16 (2): 107–120. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1098-2361(1997)16:2<107::AID-ZOO2>3.0.CO;2-E. 
  4. ^ Nowell, K.; Jackson, P., eds. (1996). "Panthera Onca". Wild Cats. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan (PDF). Gland, Switzerland: IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group. IUCN. pp. 118–302. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Brazil nature tours, Pantanal nature tours, Brazil tours, Pantanal birding tours, Amazon tours, Iguazu Falls tours, all Brazil tours". Archived from the original on 2007-12-28. Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  6. ^ Mazák, V. (1981). "Panthera tigris" (PDF). Mammalian Species. 152 (152): 1–8. doi:10.2307/3504004.