Lay Low, Leopard: Camouflage By Crypsis Caught on Camera…
There’s a leopard in this picture. Can you see it? No? Well, no matter anyway, because IT. SEES. YOU! So unless you’re tucked away in a nice protective metal and glass box on wheels, then chances are that within a few seconds, you’re gonna be dinner.
Leopards, like many predators, have two clever forms of camouflage at their disposal to help them avoid detection while hunting for prey: disruptive patterning and countershading. Disruptive patterns use strongly contrasting markings such as spots or stripes to break up an animal’s outline, while countershading uses graded colour to create an illusion of flatness, helping to render the animal nearly invisible against a matching background.
The ability of any organism to avoid observation or detection by other organisms is termed Crypsis.
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