Mutations in Plains Zebra (Equus quagga)

  1. Nicknamed Marble, this zebra has an area of small scrambled stripes on it’s back, giving it a marbled look. [x]
  2. A reconstructed quagga-like animal, it’s legs clean, and it’s rump and belly nearly free of markings. The stripes it does have are fairly narrow for a plains zebra. It’s tail and mane are much lighter, and has a faint brown wash along it’s back.[x]
  3. Two reduced striped animals, the middle with a few stray stripes on it’s rump and legs, the one on the right has a nearly all white body and legs. Both have a fewer number of facial markings as well.[x]
  4. A diluted, brown striped adult zebra. Zebra foals are born brown and white, but this one didn’t seem to lose it’s baby colors. [x]
  5. An erythristic, gingery-brown striped beauty. [x]
  6. Blonde is a term applied to leucistic zebras. Albino is sometimes used for the really light animals, like this blue eyed and creamy tan striped one, however I keep reading that true albinism has not been recorded in equines, so I’m hesitant to use that term.[x]
  7. This abundistic has stripes that thicken and meld together on it’s back and neck, forming white spots.[x]
  8. Dotted and dashed with white on a black background, this heavily abundistic zebra has a very unique and striking look.[x]
  9. The back of this abundistic Burchell’s (E.q. burchellii) is so densely marked, it’s a nearly solid blanket of color ticked with a bit of white. The rest of it’s stripes and brown shadow stripes are jagged and messy.[x
  10. Unfortunately, without the help of the naturally camouflaged striped coat, this extremely dark abundistic foal was an easier target for predators and didn’t make it into adulthood. Still in it’s dark brown baby coat, it probably would look very similar to number 8 but with a darker face, smaller spots, and wider white stripes on it’s rump.[x]

Abundistic/pseudo-melanistic tiger caught by a camera trap in Similipal Tiger Reserve–a reserve that is widely known for its “black” tigers © STR

“Black” tigers are produced when a tiger population has a small gene pool and severe inbreeding occurs.


Morphs of Tiger (Panthera tigris)

  1. A snow, normal, golden tabby or strawberry, and white tiger lined up for a good comparison of the range of color. [x]
  2. A wild abundistic or pseudo melanistic tiger, with thicker and denser stripes than average. [x]
  3. 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]
  4. This beautiful golden tabby has dark orange stripes rather than black ones, and this color morph is associated with a softer coat.
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. A white tiger, with orange remaining between it’s eyes. [x]
  8. This snow white tiger has stripes that are mostly light, the darkest on the head and limbs, the rest faintly visible. [x]
  9. 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]
  10. 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.