The servaline pattern does excist in the wild among the Servals, even it is pretty rare to find one. Servals (officially described in 1776) are usually golden with black spots but has three color morphs: Black (melanistic), brown (usual) and white and two patterns: spotted and freckled (Servaline)
In 1915, a tribesman from Sierra Leone showed two kittens, one a Serval and the other a Servaline, that he claimed were from the same litter. His claim was dismissed by western experts since he had no independent testimony. Some years later, Colonel CRS Pitman, a Ugandan game warden, examined a collection of serval and servaline pelts in Northern Rhodesia (modern day Zambia). Pitman found that they formed a continuous sequence ranging from large spotted through intermediate forms to speckled. This proved that the Serval and Servaline were two extremes of a whole range of coat patterns. A selection of skins were sent to the Natural History Museum in London and the Servaline was reclassified as a colour form of Serval. The term Servaline is still sometimes used to indicate a Serval with very fine or almost indistinct spots.
These pictures are from a Servaline, exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, hall of Mammals
SAVANNAHS IN SERVALINE PATTERN.
Coat development in Servale Pattern
Silver Ticket Tabby (Servaline)
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