Wild Animals/Big cats
Are cougars a type of jaguar
The cougar is of the Species Puma concolor
, while the jaguar is of the Species Panthera onca
. When trying to compar or classify the cougar and the jaguar, it may be easier to view their Scientific Classification:
Species: Puma concolor
Species: Panthera onca (P. onca)
As you can see, even though the cougar and jaguar share the same Family Classification, they break ties at the Genus Classification. The cougar is more akin to a domestic house cat, while the jaguar is more akin to the like of lions and tigers.
To answer your question, "Are cougars a type of
jaguar", the answer would be No.
For further reading, I would suggest heading over to the Princeton University website, where you can learn more about the Felidae Family from Allison June Barlow Chaney's Wiki.