Why Is A Liger Bigger Than A Tigon?

Is a Tigon bigger than a liger?

The liger is distinct from the similar hybrid called the tigon, and is the largest of all known extant felines.

They enjoy swimming, which is a characteristic of tigers, and are very sociable like lions.

Notably, ligers typically grow larger than either parent species, unlike tigons.

Why do ligers get so big?

GROWTH DYSPLASIA IN HYBRID BIG CATS. WHY ARE LIGERS SO MUCH BIGGER THAN TIGONS? The large size of the liger and small size of the tigon is due to “genomic imprinting” – the unequal expression of genes depending on parent of origin i.e. whether certain growth genes are inherited from the male or the female.

What is the difference between a liger and a Tigon?

The Liger is a cross between a male lion and a female tiger. A liger looks like a giant lion with diffused stripes. They are much larger than either parent because the growth inhibitor gene comes from the female lion (so it’s missing in a liger). A Tigon is a cross between a male tiger and a female lion.

How big can a liger get?

Surprisingly, ligers grow to be much larger than either parent species, making them the largest known cat in the world. Ligers weigh 800-900 pounds (twice as much as lions or tigers) and are around 11 feet long and 5 feet tall.