hey koryos, i was wondering about that kodkod picture you reblogged -- overwhelmed by its ridiculously cute face i decided to google more pictures of kodkods, but the majority of the images i got are of a completely different feline. what's up with that? and what is that adorable black creature actually called, if it's not a kodkod? is it just an extra fluffy house cat?
The image of the cat that I reblogged earlier (this one) is actually a kodkod. It does look different from normal kodkods because it is melanistic, meaning it has overproduced dark pigment just like a black leopard.
Usually kodkods have a spotted coat pattern, like the one below. But you can tell the two are from the same species because they share the same distinct rounded face shape and short round ears. The nose is also quite different from that of a domestic cat.
And here’s another image of a melanistic kodkod. You can still faintly see the striping on its tail.
At some point I’ll probably do an overview of Felidae like I did with Canidae because there really are some interesting and not very well known characters among the smaller cats.