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Haemig, P.D.
Sympatric Tiger and Leopard
2005  Ecology (22): 1-13

Throughout much of its range in Asia, the tiger (_Panthera tigris_) is sympatric with the leopard (_Panthera pardus_). Because both cats are large in size and eat primarily ungulates (hoofed mammals), ecologists wonder how they can coexist in the same areas without one being more successful than the other and eventually replacing it. In this review, we compare the habits of sympatric tiger and leopard and summarize the important differences between them that allow coexistence.

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