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What is the common name for Panthera tigris jacksoni?

Malayan Tiger


Panthera tigris jacksoni refers to the Malayan Tigers, which are the tigers living on the Malay Peninsula. The Malayan tiger was recognized as a separate subspecies in 2004 when genetic studies showed them to be sufficiently different from the Northern Indochinese Tigers (Panthera tigris corbetti).

The government of Malaysia did not agree with the scientific name, which had been chosen by academic researchers. As a matter of national pride they wanted to name the tiger after the region where it lives, so they introduced the new name of Panthera tigris malayensis. You may therefore see this tiger referred to be either name.

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