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Malawi Servaline cat: Sierra Leone to Et

Malawi	Servaline cat: Sierra Leone to Et
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Copyright: Elaine WHITBY (Misty) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 19] (97)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-04
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/6.4, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-15 12:23
Viewed: 7756
Points: 6
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Malawi, named after the country in Southern Africa where these cats can be found. Born at London Zoo he moved to WHF in Nov 2006. Weighing approx 15 Kg he is fed 6 times a week

Servals have relatively the largest ears and the longest legs in the cat family. Their feet are actually elongated rather than their legs. With long necks, their heads are small and slim. Their pelage is tawny-gold in colour and marked with round black spots. Ground colours vary from pale yellowish to buffy-red. Generally the spots are large and they tend to merge into longitudinal stripes on the neck and back. Sometimes there are numerous small spots, giving a speckled appearance.
The so-called servaline cat has very fine or almost indistinct spots, and is said to be smaller than the larger spotted forms. In general, the spots are more bold in the drier parts of the serval’s range. Melanistic or all-black forms have been reported to live in some mountainous areas.
The tail of the serval is short, down to the hocks. It is tipped with black, is spotted, and ringed in the distal half. A serval’s ears are black with central white bars. Their skulls are distinctly elongate and the upper anterior premolars are present.
Wozencraft (1993) in the latest review of cat taxonomy has placed the serval (usually considered to be in the genus Felis) in the genus Leptailurus.
There are 14 recognised subspecies:

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-15 12:48]

Hello Elaine !
This is a very nice portrait of this Serval ! You timing was perfect, and his teeth as well as his angry look are very impressive. You managed to get some nice details on face and fur (maybe a bit of sharpening would have brought out even more details) and I also like the natural colors, the composition, the POV. Very well done !


What a nice picture. It is a very good shot and I like the way you cropped it to give the detail of the head. The light in the eye is a great touch. I would say you could do a little sharping on the picture. I don't think it is as crisp and clear as it could be. That said, it is still a very nice shot.

Good note as well.

Welcome to TN


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-03 6:15]

Hi Elaine,
thanks for visiting my post and really appreciate it. Warm greeting from Malaysia.
You have produce a real excellent shots. They are exciting and lovely.
Like this one, full of expression and the features are well seen in beauty.
Pleasant composition.


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