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Caspian Tiger
Panthera tigris virgata
Captive Caspian tiger at the Berlin Zoo, 1899
Information
Common Name Hyrcanian Tiger and Turan Tiger
Range South of the Caspian Sea, from Turkey, Iran and East through Central Asia into the Takla Makan desert of Xinjiang, China.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Felidae
Genus Panthera
Species P. tigris
Conservation Status
EXSpecies
Extinct

The Caspian tiger, also known as the Hyrcanian tiger and the Turan tiger, (Panthera tigris virgata) is an extinct tiger subspecies that had been recorded in the wild until the early 1970s, and used to inhabit the sparse forest habitats and riverine corridors west and south of the Caspian Sea, from Turkey, Iran and east through Central Asia into the Takla Makan desert of Xinjiang, China. There are no individuals in captivity. The Caspian tiger was formerly found in Chinese and Russian Turkestan, Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey.

The Caspian tiger together with the siberian and bengal tiger subspecies represented the largest living felid and ranked among the biggest felids that ever existed.

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