Ounce (fells vncia, Buffon; Icopardus vn-cia, Gray), a medium-sized cat of the old world, smaller than the leopard, inhabiting the mountainous regions of Asia. Buffon distinguishes it from the panther by its smaller size (the length of the body being only 3½ ft.), its longer and shaggy hair, and its tail nearly as long as the body. The ground color is whitish gray on the back and sides, without tint of fulvous, and whiter below; the body is marked by blackish spots, sometimes forming irregular circles, the limbs simply spotted, and the tail ringed. It is a very active animal and an expert climber, preying upon rodents and the smaller ruminants. Cuvier and others regard it as a variety of the panther, the last also being considered the same as the leopard. Hamilton Smith considers it distinct, and Gray describes it as a species. The term ounce is frequently, but improperly, applied to the jaguar (felis onca).
Ounce (Leopardus uncia).