Filling a gap in Andean Cat Leopardus jacobita (Cornalia, 1865) (Mammalia: Carnivora: Felidae) distribution range: new record in La Rioja province, Argentina

Main Article Content

Cintia Gisele Tellaeche
María de las Mercedes Guerisoli
Constanza Napolitano
Dante Luis Di Nucci
Juan Ignacio Reppucci


A pelt of an Andean Cat specimen was discovered in La Rioja Province, Argentina, a region with no previous data recorded, located in a large distribution gap between the two currently identified evolutionarily significant units (ESU).  This new record not only improves our knowledge about the species distribution but can also provide relevant genetic information for a better understanding of the relationship between the two ESU.

Article Details



Andean Cat Allience (2011). Plan Estratégico para la Conservación del Gato Andino. 2011-2016. La Paz, Bolivia, 39pp.

Cossíos, E.D., R.S. Walker, M. Lucherini, M. Ruiz-García & B. Angers (2012). Population structure and conservation of a high-altitude specialist, the Andean Cat Leopardus jacobita. Endangered Species Research 16(3): 283–294. DOI:

Hunter, L. (2015). Wild Cats of the World. Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 240pp.

Lucherini, M. & E.L. Vidal (2003). Intraguild competition as a potential factor affecting the conservation of two endangered cats in Argentina. Endangered Species Update 20(6): 211–220.

Lucherini, M., J.I. Reppucci, R.S. Walker, M.L. Villalba, A. Wurstten, G. Gallardo, A. Iriarte, R. Villalobos & P. Perovic (2009). Activity pattern segregation of carnivores in the High Andes. Journal of Mammalogy 90(6): 1404–1409. DOI:

Marino, J., M. Bennett, D. Cossios, A. Iriarte, M. Lucherini, P. Pliscoff, C.S. Zubiri, L. Villalba & S. Walker (2011). Bioclimatic constraints to Andean Cat distribution: a modelling application for rare species. Diversity and Distributions 17(2): 311–322. DOI:

Napolitano, C., M. Bennett, W.E. Johnson, S.J. O’Brien, P.A. Marquet, I. Barría, E. Poulin & A. Iriarte (2008). Ecological and biogeographical inferences on two sympatric and enigmatic Andean cat species using genetic identification of faecal samples. Molecular Ecology 17(2): 678–690. DOI:

Novaro, A., S. Walker, R. Palacios, M. Monteverde, S. Cañadell, L. Rivas & D. Cossíos (2010). Endangered Andean Cat distribution beyond the Andes in Patagonia. Cat News 53: 8–10.

Reppucci, J., B. Gardner & M. Lucherini (2011). Estimating detection and density of the Andean Cat in the high Andes. Journal of Mammalogy 92(1): 140–147. DOI:

Sorli, L.E., F.D. Martinez, U. Lardelli & S. Brandi (2006). Andean Cat in Mendoza, Argentina. Furthest south and at lowest elevation ever recorded. Cat News 44: 24.

Villalba, L., L.M., S. Walker, N. Lagos, D. Cossíos, M. Bennett & J.C. Huaranca (2016). Leopardus jacobita. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T15452A50657407. Downloaded on 15 January 2018. DOI:

Walker, S.R., A.J. Novaro, P.G. Perovic, R. Palacios, E. Donadio, M. Lucherini, M. Pía & M.S. López (2007). Diets of three species of Andean carnivores in high-altitude deserts of Argentina. Journal of Mammalogy 88(2): 519–525. DOI: