The jaguar is sometimes confused with the leopard because both have spots in rosettes but those of the jaguar have a black spot at the center.
The yellowish buff ground color is similar in both, but in the jaguar the rosettes tend to be concentrated along the back. The belly and chest are pale and have irregularly placed black spots, and the lower half of the tail is ringed. There is a black mark near the mouth on the lower jaw, and the backs of the ears are black. The variations in color range from an almost white ground color to black forms, in which the rosettes can only be seen as a variation in texture. Jaguars vary in size from 3.9 to 6.4 feet overall.