In the image shown above, as the thylacine lifts its hind leg to scratch
itself, it exposes the complex banding pattern along the course of its
back that would not normally be visible from lateral photographs.
Sleightholme & Campbell
(2014) state: "The fourth
fifth stripes anterior to
the base of the tail are the longest, and exhibit the greatest degree of
terminal bifurcation (splitting of the stripe into two parts)".
The coat is paler on
the thylacine's abdomen, as is typically the case with most mammals.
Seasonal changes are
evident in the character of the thylacine's fur, with the summer coat being
more greyish and shorter in length, and the stripe pattern sharper with
a defined outline (Moeller 1968).
There are no differences
with respect to the sexes in the number of stripes or their distribution.
Temminck (1824) notes: "The juveniles have the same fur colouration
as the adults, but their fur is a little longer and less smooth.
The distribution of black bands is absolutely the same".
Moeller (1968), when
examining taxidermy mounts from various European collections, noted that
the thylacine has a high degree of individual variation in the stripe pattern.
of the thylacine's stripe pattern.
Source: International Thylacine
Specimen Database, 5th Revision 2013.