Genus

bmo

Senior Member
Taiwan
I am trying to make a sentence including the word genus. Is the following sentence correct? Is it redundant with genus and family present together?

Lion, tiger, leopard and lynx belong to the genus of cat family.

Thanks a lot.

bmo
 
  • GrandBlank

    Member
    English/U.S.
    It is not redundant, but the problem is that genus and family are different "levels" of scientific classification.

    This is not my area of expertise, but it would be safest to say that the cats you mentioned are of the same family. If you must use genus, which is more specific, you must check whether they do indeed share the same genus.

    Here are two more articles that may help.

    Your best options (in my humble opinion):

    The lion, tiger, leopard and lynx belong to the same family.
    The lion, tiger, leopard and lynx belong to the same genus. (if you're sure about that)
    The lion, tiger, leopard and lynx belong to the genus Panthera. (I think lynx does not.)
     

    MissFit

    Senior Member
    Your sentence was almost grammatically correct, but not scientifically correct. Lions, tigers, and leopards belong to the same genus of the cat family. Lynx belong to a different genus of the cat family.

    African lion = Panthera leo
    Tiger = Panthera tigris
    Leopard = Panthera pardus
    Eurasian lynx = Lynx lynx
    bobcat (a North American lynx) = Lynx rufus
     
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