BLACK JAGUAR (Panthera onca) ©sparky2000
Black Panther is typically a melanistic colour variant of any of several species of larger cat. Wild black panthers in Latin America are black jaguars (Panthera onca), in Asia and Africa they are black leopards (Panthera pardus), and in North America they may be black jaguars or possibly black cougars (Puma concolor – although this has not been proven to have a black variant), or smaller cats.
- Melanism in the jaguar, is conferred by a dominant allele, and in the leopard by a recessive allele.
- Close examination of the color of these black cats will show that the typical markings are still present, but are hidden by the excess black pigment melanin, giving an effect similar to that of printed silk.
- Melanistic and non-melanistic animals can be littermates.
A black jaguar, named “Diablo”, was inadvertently crossed with a lioness, named “Lola”, at the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary in Barrie, Canada. The offspring were a charcoal black jaglion female and a tan-colored, spotted jaglion male.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_panther
Other photos you may enjoy:
Black Jaguar with spotted cub
Jaglion at Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
Black Jag (by sparky2000)