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The whispering neck of the aardwolf


Proteles cristatus1

Proteles cristatus photo © Dominik Käuferle


Proteles cristatus photo © Greg Hume

The camouflage colouration of the aardwolf has an unexplained incongruity on and next to its neck: there are no stripes from the side of the head to a prominent oblique stripe on the shoulder. Although hardly conspicuous to human eyes, this pale fur on the side of the neck may reflect ultraviolet light as a social display at dusk. 
Robin and the Honey Badger, 22 March 2016




i.e. more intensely pigmented than the normal colour-morp
Last modified on 08 January 2017

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