The Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni, Malay: harimau belang) is a subspecies of tiger found in the southern and central parts of the Malay Peninsula. Until 2004, it was not considered a subspecies in its own right. The new classification came about after a study by S. J. Luo et al. from the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, part of the United States National Cancer Institute.
Recent counts showed there are 600–800 Malayan tigers in the wild, making it the most common tiger subspecies other than the Bengal and perhaps also the Indochinese tigers. It is nevertheless an endangered subspecies.
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