Jaguar (Panthera onca)
- Your average jaguar, showing off it’s iconic coat. It is very similar to and (understandably) often confused with leopards. The easiest way to ID which species is looking at it’s markings. Jaguars has larger rosettes along it’s side, usually with spots within them. [x]
- This is a vivid, orange colored cat. The general rule is that darker colored individuals are more likely to live in dense jungles, and tend to be smaller. [x]
- Two bright golden-tans, one with an dark nose, the other tinged with pink. [x]
- This pale tan cat with very pale eyes (so pale, I can’t really tell what color the are) trying to enjoy it’s take-away crocodilian meal is probably more comfortable living in an environment with more open spaces, since the lighter cats make their homes in grassy areas. [x]
- A jaguar with very interesting coat. Rather than being pure black against it’s brownish base color, many of it’s markings seem a little faded. It’s rosettes are very clean and thin, with not many spots in the middle. It’s headshot can be seen here. I’m not sure what’s going on, or if it’s anything special, but the overall look seems to be a softer colored animal with reduced markings. Maybe later on I’ll do a post on jaguar rosettes, they can look very different from one another. [x]
- This abundistic (pseudo melanistic) cat has rosettes that thicken and merge. The markings along it’s sides seem more like small spots, and the rosettes on it’s thighs are thick and elongated. It seems to become very dense on the top, giving it an almost entirely black back. [x]
- A melanistic with very noticeable markings showing through, and it’s not simply a trick of the light. This wikipedia page explains it better then I can: “In jaguars, the melanism allele is dominant. Consequently, black jaguars may produce either black or spotted cubs, but a pair of spotted jaguars can only produce spotted cubs. The gene is incompletely dominant: individuals with two copies of the allele are darker (the black background color is more dense) than individuals with just one copy, whose background color may appear to be dark charcoal rather than black”. This cat inherited only one allele, giving it it’s gorgeous intermediately colored coat. [x]
- A noticeably darker melanistic, rosettes only faintly visible. This is a jaguar with two black alleles, and what most people think a “black panther” would look like. For my herp loving followers, it’s like the co-dominate Mojave ball python morph. You immediately know it’s different from a normal, and breeding two Mojaves together can make the “super” form. This is the “super” form of a melanistic jaguar, in snake talk. [x]
- Two rare white cubs, probably leucistic, were born at a German zoo. The father was normal, the mother melanistic. Both cubs have markings that are extremely diluted, making them grey instead of black. The cub on the left appears to have a little more color, looking creamier and slightly darker marked than it’s sibling, though this may be due to the lighting and angle. [x]
- The same pair, but older.The spots around their limbs, head, and back are much darker than the grey rosettes on their sides and tail. Again, the cub on the left seems to have more color, and the cub on the right gained some on it’s head. If anyone has pictures of these guys that are more recent, I’d be really grateful. [x]
So far, I have been enjoying the Adventures of Business Cat a great deal, possibly more than is appropriate for an adult human. (All of these are from the webcomic Happy Jar)
UPDATE: Now with more Business.
YES ALL THE BUSINESS CAT STRIPS IN ONE PLACE
Salt coats my lips, crusts my eyelashes. I feel the cold press against my body. The sand shifts and sucks out from under my feet in the tide. I’m perfectly still. The sun is red behind my eyelids. The ocean will not shift me and the cold will not take me.