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Why zebras have stripes – a newer theory


At Phys.org:

Researchers at the University of Bristol have found why zebra fur is thinly striped and sharply outlined.

Their findings, published Feb. 17 in the Journal of Experimental Biology, reveal that stark black-white distinctions and small dark patches are particularly effective in thwarting horsefly attack. These characteristics specifically eliminate the outline of large monochrome dark patches that are attractive to horseflies at close distances.

The team theorizes that the thin back stripes serve to minimize the size of local features on a zebra that are appealing to the biting flies. – University of Bristol, February 20, 2023

This vid claims something else; that it’s actually camouflage:

The paper is open access.

And I thought it was because stripes were thinning. That’s why I always wear them. Well, that and because the prison makes me wear them. Ford Prefect
Everyone knows that zebra’s wear stripes so that we can distinguish them from the players…. chuckdarwin

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