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King Leopard from India

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by Chlidonias, 3 Oct 2016.

  1. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    a leopard with an extraordinary mutation similar to that of the King Cheetah was photographed on camera traps in 2012 at the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve in Kerala, India.

    I just came across a photo for the first time, and thought it was beautiful, so tracked down a couple of the newspaper articles about it. There is a different photo on each link.

    Colour camouflage in Kerala?s Parambikulam forests - The Hindu

    Leopard with a ?designer? coat - IN SCHOOL - The Hindu
     
  2. Arizona Docent

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    I think I have seen this before. It appears to be a case of abundism, which also occurs in tigers in Orissa state (India) occasionally. The spots here (or stripes in the case of tigers) are more numerous and densely packed than usual. However (in both cases) the undercoat is still the normal color, so it is NOT a case of melanism or pseudo melanism as many claim.
     
  3. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

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    I've never heard of pseudo-melanism, or abundism (but according to Wikipedia they are the same thing), but this looks like a pattern morph, because there is nothing that resembles the original pattern of rosettes. It's all stripey.

    Interesting looking animal though.

    :p

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    Also occurs in the Somali subspecies (Panthera pardus nanopardus).
     
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    If only there was some sort of cat thread for stuff like this

    ~Thylo:cool:
     
  6. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    I just had a look for that. The following link mentions it (and also has a photo of the Kerala leopard which this thread is about).
    MUTANT LEOPARDS