They’re similar in appearance, but that is about it. Bobcats have smaller foot pads, slightly longer tail, shorter black ear tuffs and more well defined spotting on the coat. The tail of the lynx is shorter than the bobcats and ends in a black tip that completely encircles the tail The bobcats tail is longer, and has banding on the upper surface only.
“While bobcats and lynxes are separate species, they do belong to the same genus, which, coincidentally, happens to be the Lynx genus.”
The three lynx species and the single bobcat species are very closely related, as they are both in the same genus. In taxonomical classifications, a genus is the grouping that is closest to an individual species. The bobcat is most similar to the Canadian lynx, but as mentioned above, it has smaller feet than other lynx species. The Canadian lynx and the bobcat are related closely enough to produce hybrid offspring; however, these offspring are most likely sterile.
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