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+ Comments Black and White - 2005-09-22 09:00:00
The common (or plains) zebra has 26 stripes per side, and is the only species of zebra with stripes that wrap completely around from its back to its belly. The other two species of zebra have white undersides. Like fingerprints, their stripes are distinctive and unique with varying patters, stripe widths, and color. Their stripes act as camouflage (according to some theories), something I hadn't realized. To me, it seemed like a giant striped bulls-eye, but then again, I'm not a wildlife expert (yes, it's true). The stripes can interfere with depth perception by breaking up the outline of the body, and they make it difficult for a predator to single out a specific animal from a fleeing herd.