Leopard vs. Jaguar

Got a chance  to get closer to the cats in the corner  of  the  mammal collection at the Southwestern Museum of Biology.  There  was one that I thought was a jaguar (Panthera onca) – native to the Americas.  It is a leopard (Panthera pardus) – a cat  native to Africa!  Below is a closer  image of the cat.


Several differences between leopards and jaguars are in this  article.  One of those differences is that a jaguar has dots in its spots.  Melanistic versions of these  cats are black, although often their spots can be seen in the certain lighting conditions.  However, most jaguars and leopards have rosettes on a tan coat as shown in the picture below.


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