Jaguar, Leopard or Panther - What’s the Difference?
Coat: Patterns, Markings, Spots, Rosettes, Color
What Do the Markings Look Like? The best way to tell leopards and jaguars apart is their markings. But you have to look closely! The markings in their fur are called rosettes and are actually small, interrupted whorls.
Fur Markings in Jaguars
Jaguars have bigger rosettes than leopards and they also have dots in the middle.
Fur markings in Leopards
Leopards have smaller rosettes than jaguars. Their rosettes don’t have any dots.
Tail Tip in Jaguars
The jaguar's tail is black. In the leopard it is rather light, especially the underside is white.
Tail Tip in Leopards