What is the difference between an African Lion and an Asiatic Lion?

What is the difference between an African Lion and an Asiatic Lion?

The African Lion (Panthera leo leo) and the Asiatic Lion (Panthera leo persica) are both predatory mammals.

The African Lion is native to sub-Saharan Africa and the Asiatic Lion is native only to the Gir Forest in Gujarat in India.

The African Lion is bigger and heavier than the Asiatic Lion.

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African Lion, male (left) and Asiatic Lion, male (right)

 

The African Lion has a smooth, tight belly, whereas the Asiatic Lion has a belly fold (a flap of skin that runs along its belly).

The male African Lion has a large mane of hair around its head, whereas the male Asiatic Lion has a smaller, shaggier mane.

The African Lion has a smaller tuft of hair at the end of its tail than the Asiatic Lion.

 

African Lion

African Lion

Asiatic Lion

Asiatic Lion

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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3 thoughts on “What is the difference between an African Lion and an Asiatic Lion?

    1. So much to learn from children. It’s great to hear that your 5 year old has correctly identified the difference between African and Indian elephants. Thanks for sharing this, and your many positive comments about this website. It’s greatly appreciated.

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