Phantom - cheetah with genetic colour variation by artist Guy Combes

Phantom - cheetah with genetic colour variation by artist Guy Combes

~ Phantom by artist Guy Combes available from Prickly Pear Galleries.

Back in December I was told about this incredible ?morph? phenomenon that has not been seen for over 90 years, and that there was a pressing need to monitor and protect it while raising awareness of the species as a whole. The last one recorded was shot in Tanzania in 1921. By ?morph? this means a genetic colour variation, the most well known being the ?King? cheetah, specimens of which have only occurred in South Africa and Zimbabwe. The Mughal Emperor of India recorded having a white cheetah presented to him in 1608, saying that the spots were of a blue colour and the whiteness of the body also inclined to blue-ishness. This suggests a chinchilla mutation which restricts the amount of pigment on the hair shaft. Red cheetahs have dark tawny spots on a golden background and some desert cheetahs are very pale to be more camouflaged in their environment. There are also reported cases of melanism or albinism, but the latter does not apply to this cheetah. The only reported cases of this morph which scientists believe is a recessive gene like the king cheetah, have been in East Africa from the subspecies, acynonix jubatus raineyii.

Canvas released September 2011.
giclee canvas, 50 s/n
In stock
Dimensions: 14" x 28"

Issue Price: $395.00
giclee canvas, 15 s/n
In stock
Dimensions: 19" x 38"

Issue Price: $695.00

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