Thursday, May 13, 2021


In many different unrelated animals, a dark facial stripe runs from the snout to the eye. 

Directly above the eyestripe is a bright white line called a supercilium, and above that is another dark line called a lateral crown stripe. 

Eyestripes serve as protective coloration in all these prey animals, disguising their eyes from predators.


Knits and Weaves said...

Also note malar stripes in cheetahs.

arenhaus said...

This is a widespread way in prey species to hide the contrasting dark spot of the eye and throw off predators' aim.

Many species of fish also have a false eye spot on their tail, giving the predator a confusing idea of which way the fish's head is facing.