5.-Blotched Domestic Cat.
Cats of the striped type are no doubt descended from the European and North African wild cats; but the origin of cats exhibiting the blotched pattern appears to be unknown.
It is uniformly green or more or less spotted, blotched or suffused with red or crimson, or sometimes, as in N.
The eggs are four in number, of a dark olive colour, blotched and spotted with rich brown.
In the one the pattern consists of narrow vertical stripes, and in the other of longitudinal or obliquely longitudinal stripes, which, on the sides of the body, tend to assume a spiral or sub-circular arrangement characteristic of the blotched tabby.
I.-Skins Of The Blotched Domestic Cat, Showing Some Of The Variations To Which The Pattern Is Liable.
The origin of the blotched as a special type is wholly unknown.
A genus much represented is Culcasia, and swampy localities are thickly set with the giant Cyrtosperma arum, with flower spathes that are blotched with deep purple.
The nest, contrary to the habits of most Limicolae, is generally placed under a ledge of rock which shelters the bird from observation,' and therein are laid four eggs, of a light olive-green, closely blotched with brown, and hardly to be mistaken for those of any other bird.
A very ancient British breed is the black Pembroke; and when this breed tends to albinism, the ears and muzzle, and more rarely the fetlocks, remain completely black, or very dark grey, although the colour elsewhere is whitish, more or less flecked and blotched with pale grey.
Schizanthus pinnatus: hardy, I to 2 ft., purple-lilac, prettily blotched; curiously lobed flowers.
Across, having zones of violet and yellow blotched with purple and tipped with scarlet.
The hen-bird commonly lays three clay-coloured eggs, blotched with black, in a very slight hollow on the ground not far from the sea.
Herein are laid from six to nine eggs, of a pale bluish-green freckled with brown and blotched with ash-colour.