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Ngandong Tiger
Temporal range: Pleistocene
A life restoration of Panthera tigris soloensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panthera
Species: P. tigris
Subspecies: P. t. soloensis
Trinomial name
Panthera tigris soloensis
Von Koenigswald, 1933

The Ngandong tiger, panthera tigris solensis is larger than any modern tiger/lion or cave lion. It is the largest panthera of all time. The reason for its large size was due to the presence of larger competitors like the giant hyena and large prey animals which where found in abundance. The tiger was as long as the American lion measuring up to 8.5 feet without tail and 13.5 feet with the tail but was much heavier. It could have measured in excess of 4 feet at the shoulder. Unlike its northern cousin the panthera tigris acutidens (wahsein tiger) which lived in the southern China, this cat lived in the southern region (Java and surrounding area). This region formed a part of mainland asia but once it got isolated the animal sizes reduced.

It is known from a collection of very few specimens. Like the wahsein tiger, it is not well known to the public.

Extinction TheoryEdit

The reason for its extinction has been debated.