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November 24, 2011
Guide to Big cats by `Cedarseed
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Guide to Big cats

To see this chart in full size you'll need to go to my website. To buy a print, visit Redbubble.

The full series (get the book! Guide to Cats - the book by Majnouna):
Guide to Pantherinae/Big cats
Guide to Felinae/Little cats
Guide to Housecat breeds 1
Guide to Housecat breeds 2
Guide to Coat colors and Patterns

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Patchi1995's avatar

I wonder why a clouded leopard referred as a tree tiger as I refer a clouded leopard as a Tree tiger?

SavannahPHoskinson's avatar

Very informative on the anatomical differences. Thank you for making this!

SharTLK's avatar
I know this a bit old, but if ever update it... Borneo Clouded Leopard separate from the mainland Clouded Leopard, discovered that they're genetically different.
PeepinBones's avatar
Finally, a reference that's correct! It's nice for a change that someone knows that white tigers aren't an actual subspecies and that they are inbred to look like that. it's sad to think that people make money off of these animals just because of their color.
Majnouna's avatar
I know, humans are awful :(
YangKoete's avatar
Khajiit you mean?
VoiceOfVirtue's avatar
This is really informative and well-made. Will definitely use this in the future for reference. Awesome work! :)
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SilviaTheCaralioness's avatar
Very informative and useful!
Lupas-Deva's avatar
I really like this. Thanks!
walkonthewildsidee's avatar
Thank you so much for this useful guide. 
Mikijoi's avatar
All of your guides are extremely helpful
OneMinuteSketch's avatar
Thats so cool! I've been looking for non-photoshoped blue tigers photos, do you have any? : o
The complication with the "blue tiger" is that genetically, it most likely wouldn't actually look anything like the photoshopped version due to how that mutation works.  It doesn't actually change the pigment, but alters how it's distributed in each hair: instead of being in one nice even layer, it's distributed in large clumps.  The negative space in between each clump gives it that diluted appearance.  So a "blue" cat is genetically a black cat with an additional gene that makes it look lighter.  That's why if you breed a blue cat to a non-blue cat that isn't carrying the Maltese gene at all, you won't get any blues.  You'll get quite a few black cats instead.

Now, here's where things start getting tricky: it affects agouti versus non-agouti parts differently, as well as eumelanin versus pheomelanin.  The stripes on a tiger are non-agouti, and the orange parts are agouti.  The Maltese mutation won't magically turn the orange parts blue, but would likely wash them out in a similar manner, so you'd get a tiger with a creamy or pinkish-beige body and dark blue-gray stripes (not black stripes on a blue background, unless there's another separate mutation involved).  My guess is that would probably look more like a blue brindle mouse:


The mouse on the bottom is a blue brindle: brindle gene (A^y) plus the blue dilution (d/d, same as with cats).  Blue in mice tends to wash out pheomelanin tones, so you get bluish-gray markings on top of a creamy yellow background.  
The mouse on the top is a regular brindle mouse (black markings on orange or dark yellow) and the one in the middle is a regular brindle with fewer markings than normal (undermarked brindle).
OneMinuteSketch's avatar
Wow, thank you very much for that post! Only one problem is that link does not work :c
Huh.  No worries, let me see if I can find the main page itself (with the same picture).


Hopefully that one will work...but basically, it's a washed-out shade of orange with bluish-gray stripes, which is what I'm pretty sure a "Maltese" tiger would end up looking like.
xXSparkKittyArtistXx's avatar
That must have taken a long time to make!
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