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 (mär′gā′, mär-gā′)
n. pl. mar·gays
A spotted Central and South American wildcat (Leopardus wiedii) resembling a small, long-tailed ocelot.

[French, from Portuguese maracajá, from Tupí.]
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(Animals) a feline mammal, Felis wiedi, of Central and South America, having a dark-striped coat
[C18: from French, from Tupi mbaracaiá]
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(ˈmɑr geɪ)

a small spotted cat, Felis wiedii, of the southwestern U.S. and tropical America.
[1775–85; < French < Tupi marakaya]
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Noun1.margay - small spotted wildcat found from Texas to Brazilmargay - small spotted wildcat found from Texas to Brazil
Felis, genus Felis - type genus of the Felidae: true cats and most wildcats
wildcat - any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
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(2010), observed different levels of temporal segregation, with some species displaying apposite schedules (jaguarundi and margay) while others differed in their activity peaks or were active at any time of the day (puma and oncilla).
Considering that the circadian cycle of animals is regulated by periodic signals, such as the daily light-dark cycle and that the Pampa represents the southern limit of the distribution of many species, such as jaguar, tapir, margay, crab eating fox and agouti (Redford and Eisemberg, 1992), the longer nocturnal period in this region (at least during the austral winter) may affect species activity patterns.
leprae by PCR, including one margay (Leopardus wiedii), two lowland tapirs (Tapirus terrestris), two capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella), and one owl monkey (Aotus trivirgatus).
The margay leaps through the treetops in the Central American jungle, while the pregnant jaguar waits for thousands of turtles to arrive on a remote Pacific beach.
Caption: PAGES 74-75: A) HELEN DAMROSCHTEE VAN, Jinamou, 1923 or earlier, Guyana, Watercolor on paper; B) ELSE BOSTELMANN, Blue and Orange Nudlbranch, Bermuda, 1931, Watercolor on paper; C) ISABEL COOPER, Margay tigrina vigens, Kartabo, British Guiana, 1922, Watercolor on paper; 0) ISABEL COOPER, Three-toed Sloth, Kartabo, British Guiana, 1922, Watercolor on paper.
Dos nuevos registros de margay (Leopardus wiedii), en Oaxaca, Mexico con datos sobre habitos alimentarios.
Valenzuela-Galvan D, De Leon-Ibarra A, Lavalle-Sanchez A, Orozco-Lugo L, Chavez-Tovar C (2013) The margay Leopardus wieddi and bobcat Lynx rufus from the dry forests of southern Morelos, Mexico.
Las investigaciones realizadas sobre los patrones de actividad del margay (L.
The slain have been identified as Rashid Kumar of DH Pora, Muneer Pandit of Mohanpora Shopian, Shahid Gulzar of Zainapora Shopian, Feroz mir of Begummilo Kulgam, Mushtaq Dar of Ujroo, Dooru, Anantnag, Shahid Hamid margay of Larnoo Kokernag and Khursheed Mir of Harwat Kulgam.
Other species such as the margay (Leopardus wiedii, 3-6 kg), the jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi, 3-8 kg), Geoffroy's cat (Leopardus geoffroyi, 2-8 kg), and the oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus, 1.5-3.5 kg) are little-studied due to their cryptic behavior (Cuellar et al., 2006; de Oliveira et al., 2010; de Oliveira and Pereira, 2014).
Antibodies were detected in studies conducted in Brazil in the serum from oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus), margay (Leopardus wiedii), ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), eyra cat (Herpailurus yaguarondi) jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi), cougar (Puma concolor) and jaguar (Panthera onca) (RUTHNER-BATISTA et al., 2005).