Morphs of Tiger (Panthera tigris)
- A snow, normal, golden tabby or strawberry, and white tiger lined up for a good comparison of the range of color. [x]
- A wild abundistic or pseudo melanistic tiger, with thicker and denser stripes than average. [x]
- A very strange and frankly exciting animal to me, a white abundistic tiger. The narrow stripes become very dense on it’s forehead and back half of it’s body, looking nearly solid in places, especially along it’s back and tail. Here is an article with a picture of this animal when it was a cub. [x]
- This beautiful golden tabby has dark orange stripes rather than black ones, and this color morph is associated with a softer coat.
- Not as extreme, this female golden tabby does retain dark stripes on her head and legs. Though probably due to the camera quality, she does seem to have a duller tan base color. [x]
- At first glance this white tiger appears to simply be dirty, and while it is a little scruffy, the areas with the light tan does look to be in the areas it would be in most “normal” tigers.[x]
- A white tiger, with orange remaining between it’s eyes. [x]
- This snow white tiger has stripes that are mostly light, the darkest on the head and limbs, the rest faintly visible. [x]
- A grumpy snow, it seems to have a bit more color in it’s coat, with pinkish tan stripes and muzzle. Here is the same cat.[x]
- Because of the high amount of inbreeding it takes to make white tigers, animals like Kenny are sometimes produced, but rarely displayed. His face is pug nosed, with misshapened teeth. Most don’t appear this extreme, but many do have serious underlying health issues, with cross eyes seeming to be the most common ailment. Reputable zoos or breeding programs interested in conservation will not intentionally produce tigers of any morph, and instead focus on breeding and maintaining subspecies purity. [x]
Part two on subspecies here.