How do you make a panther BLACK?
“Black panthers” are actually melanistic leopards or jaguars. Melanism is a condition that causes animals to be a lot darker than the “normal” color for that species — the opposite of albinism. This is thought to be an adaptation for camouflage, especially for night hunting. Interestingly, some species developed more melanistic individuals seemingly in response to the soot created during the industrial age. This is called industrial melanism, as opposed to adaptive melanism. 😛
A selection of melanistic individuals (click to view larger):
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