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The pattern of stripes is unique to each animal, these unique markings can be used by researchers to identify individuals (both in the wild and captivity), much in the same way that fingerprints are used to identify humans. It seems likely that the function of stripes is camouflage, serving to help tigers conceal themselves amongst the dappled shadows and long grass of their environment as they stalk their prey. The stripe pattern is also found on the skin of the tiger. If a tiger were to be shaved, its distinctive camouflage pattern would be preserved.
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris), Ranthambore National Park, India, Asia
Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/500 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 400
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