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Can dolphins see in color?

What color are dolphins eyes?

What types (species) of cheetahs are there?

Can you tell me more about the spots on the cheetah.   Are they in a pattern?  Do they have the same spot pattern as their parents?

Dear Jennifer

Thank you for your questions. I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used.

1. No, dolphins can't see in colour ( and

2. says that the eyes may be black or blue. The centre is black with a slight variance of color that is usually blue or flicked with brown. The 'whites of the eyes' have a brownish tan. The pink dolphin has black eyes with some blue around the centre. says the eyes are reddy-blue.

3. There is one living species of cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) lists three extinct species (Acinonyx aicha, Acinonyx intermedius and Acinonyx pardinensis), but Acinonyx kurteni is possibly fraudulent. lists various subspecies, but some of these are disputed. The king cheetah was classified as Acinonyx rex, but the coat pattern is caused by a single recessive gene.

4. and other websites have details about the cheetah's spots and looking at a few pictures of cheetahs will help you with your question. says that in newborn cubs, the spots are blended together and barely visible, but later they resemble the spots of the adult, although,858,AR. says that different spot patterns in the Cheetah’s coat makes each one unique. says that various coat patterns are due to the genetics of the parents. The coat pattern of the king cheetah is caused by a single recessive gene, so both parents may have the ordinary spotted coat and hence differe in spot pattern from the king cheetah cub.

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