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Illuminating the darkest of wildebeests  

 

keithoffordConnochaetes gnou photo © Kieth Offord

 
The black wildebeest is really medium brown if described by its pigmentation. Its blackness at a distance is illusory, caused by an optical effect which deserves a new antonym to ‘sheen’ or ‘gloss’, e.g. ‘anti-sheen’ or ‘gloom’. This is why the species looks darker through telescopic lenses than when photographed close-up.
 
Robin and the Honey Badger, 15 March 2016
 

                                             

                                           

                                            

 

 

 

i.e. more intensely pigmented than the normal colour-morp


 

 

 

 

 

                                        

i.e. more intensely pigmented than the normal colour-morp
Last modified on 22 August 2016

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