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asiatic lion

Panthera leo persica

Description:

The fur ranges in colour from ruddy-tawny, heavily speckled with black, to sandy or buffish-grey, sometimes with a silvery sheen in certain lights. Males have only moderate mane growth at the top of the head, so that their ears are always visible. The mane is scanty on the cheeks and throat with where it is only 4 in (10 cm) long. About half of Asiatic lion skulls from the Gir forest have divided infraorbital foramina, whereas in African lions, there is only one foramen on either side. The sagittal crest is more strongly developed, and the post-orbital area is shorter than in African lion. Skull length in adult males ranges from 330 to 340 mm (13 to 13 in), and in females from 292 to 302 mm (11.5 to 11.9 in).

Habitat:

Only at GIR

Notes:

very easy to find in gir, we saw 10 in 3 safaris

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sriyaprasanna
Spotted by
sriyaprasanna

India

Spotted on Dec 12, 2013
Submitted on Dec 12, 2013

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