Panthera leo sinhaleyus Deraniyagala, 1938

Sri Lankan Lion, Ceylonese lion



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: c.37,000 BC



Sri Lanka


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Deraniyagala, Paulus Edward Pieris. (1938). Some fossil animals from Ceylon, Part II. The Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland 34: 231-239. [First page]


Other references:

Manamendra-Arachchi, K., R. Pethiyagoda, R. Dissanayake and M. Meegaskumbura. (2005). A second extinct big cat from the late Quaternary of Sri Lanka. In: Yeo, D. C. J., K. L. Ng & R. Pethiyagoda (eds.). Contributions to biodiversity exploration and research in Sri Lanka. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement No. 12: 423-434 pp.


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