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Wild Cat Color morphs

Bobcats, servals, lynx, margay, anything smaller than a cheetah

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Wild Cat Color morphs

Postby GitaBooks » Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:54 pm

I've been researching color morphs in wild animals and the genetics behind them and couldn't help but add a list on here of some of the known wildcat color varieties in the wild. Feel free to add to this if you want.

SERVAL: Melanistic (black), Spotted, spotted/striped, Off-white, White, Pied
GEOFFROY'S: Melanistic
BOBCAT: Melanistic
PAMPAS: Melanistic
LEOPARD CAT: Abundistic (thicker patterning like a King cheetah)
ONCILLA: Melanistic
KODKOD: Melanistic
ASIAN GOLDEN CAT: Melanistic
JUNGLE CAT: Melanistic
JAGUARUNDI: Melanistic, Grey Phase, Red Phase, Chocolate Self, Rusty phase
CHEETAH: King (striped), Ticked/Spotless, reports of Erythristic and chinchilla or blue cheetahs among others

Melanistic cats tend to come from cooler, shadier locations where a dark coat will blend in as well as absorb warm sunlight. Melanism is common in certain populations and has been shown to be linked to good health and strong immunity.

Albino/white/pied servals, on the other hand, have been linked with cancer, inbreeding and low immunity. The only known white servals are neutered/spayed. However, a very light colored "off-white" serval in Africa still retains its black spots and likely does not have these health problems. One thought is that female white servals do not survive past a few weeks because they are so delicate.

Two natural morphs of the serval are the Servaline/Freckled and the Normal. The Servaline morph comes from moister, more forested climates and may be slightly smaller than the Savannah individuals. Both can be born in the same litter in the wild, just as melanistic individuals.
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Re: Wild Cat Color morphs

Postby Ash » Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:26 pm

The info on the white servals is likely incorrect, seeing as the info was put out by Big Cat Rescue which also purports white tigers are unhealthy (a myth). They are the ones that keep the white servals. So I would not assume they are linked to inbreeding, cancer, or low immunity. Especially since those are the exact same "problems" they claim when it comes to the white tiger.
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Re: Wild Cat Color morphs

Postby Ash » Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:27 pm

King cheetahs are my number on favorite thing, lol. Sooo pretty.
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Re: Wild Cat Color morphs

Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:41 pm

White/albino bobcats:
Mount: http://s47.photobucket.com/user/Ncwhite ... 4.jpg.html
Mount: http://s980.photobucket.com/user/nick25 ... 2.jpg.html
Dead: http://files.ctctcdn.com/8cffa830101/ad ... d53530.jpg

Light gray (silver): http://imgur.com/ZxEnAw5

Creamy(or maybe just a faded mount?)? http://www.nhm.org/site/sites/default/f ... bobcat.jpg

Also a variety of their normal colors, the rusty looking ones are what we have around here but there are gray/brown and sandy looking ones

Rusty: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/cont ... .676.1.jpg
And a pretty more reddish rusty with rosettes: http://s179.photobucket.com/user/willia ... 3.jpg.html
No spots(except legs) rusty: http://cdn1.arkive.org/media/3A/3A4D72F ... -young.jpg

Sandy: http://previews.123rf.com/images/eastma ... -Photo.jpg

Gray: http://www.ruewildlifephotos.com/galler ... -26790.jpg

Regular: http://nyfalls.com/dev/wp-content/uploa ... rufus3.jpg

And the pattern varies a lot as well from nice defined rosettes to, spots, to just speckles or even no real markings.
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Re: Wild Cat Color morphs

Postby GitaBooks » Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:27 pm

Awesome info. : )


There are a lot of theories as to what colors of animals are healthy and which ones aren't. Interestingly, certain genetic varieties of white in dogs and cats is linked with a cancer, a shorter-lifespan, behavioral problems, deafness, and blindness. As for whether or not white servals are health, I'm not sure, I don't think studies have been done, but I do know that one of them had to have its nose removed because of skin cancer due to lack of pigmentation to protect it from the sun.
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Re: Wild Cat Color morphs

Postby caninesrock » Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:52 pm

We need some of the melanistic ones in the pet trade. Can you imagine? Having a melanistic Jungle Cat would kind of being like having a tiny panther. Or a melanistic leopard cat, like having a mini-black leopard. :lol:
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Re: Wild Cat Color morphs

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sun Jul 24, 2016 2:15 pm

Cheetah
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Ticked/spotless
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cream/Isabelline
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Woolly Cheetah
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Strawberry leopard
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Black Leopards with Vitiligo
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Red leopard, there are other photos that look more red but think were doctored, this one aside from being cropped looks original, details not washed out like on others
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Re: Wild Cat Color morphs

Postby caninesrock » Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:38 pm

Oh wow. Interesting. Now I really want to see a gray, blue, black, and white cheetah.
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Re: Wild Cat Color morphs

Postby naja-naja » Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:23 am

there was an albino puma born in a zoo in greece a few years back. we all know about white lions and white and golden tabby tigers (which combined make snow tigers) and melanistic jaguars and leopards, and strawberry leopards.
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Re: Wild Cat Color morphs

Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu Jul 28, 2016 2:10 pm

White mountain lion. Unfortunately the photo is from a hunter and it was shot after.
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Re: Wild Cat Color morphs

Postby Juska » Thu Jul 28, 2016 2:38 pm

Bad juju to kill a white animal...
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