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The puma as an unmasked leopard

 

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Puma concolor facial colouration photo © Art G

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Panthera pardus facial colouration photo © Tedmek

 

 
The puma is the American counterpart for the leopard of Africa and Asia. Their facial colourations are, however, extremely different, the puma being conspicuous enough to expose the stalking predator to its prospective prey, and the leopard being the most thoroughly camouflaged of any large felid. A possible reason for this difference is that the puma was the largest cat over much of its range whereas the leopard needed to hide from the lion or the tiger throughout its range.  
 
Robin and the Honey Badger, 8 January 2017
 

                          

i.e. more intensely pigmented than the normal colour-morp
Last modified on 21 January 2017

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