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"Panther"

~ the panther occurs in both species, the jaguar (Panthera onca) and the leopard (Panthera pardus). It is difficult to decide, whether the "panther" was a leopard or a jaguar. Differences are to be recognized best by the statue. The jaguar is built more strongly. They can also be well ditiguished by their head. But the easiest way is to see them in their typical habitat. The jaguar lives in South America and you will find the leopard in Africa and Asia. ;-)

How do they get their black fur?

~ it is hereditary with jaguars dominant. Depending on situation of light the "panther" appears completely black or it draws for marks of the coat off. (except when you will meet it in the night. *gg*)

~ the black coloration of the leopards is passed on rezessiv, also called "melanism(?)". The typical coat pattern becomes visible under bright light.

"Basically, the fur color is determined by pigment cells (Melanocyten) which lay beneath the skin. They produce so called melanine, which is transported to the hair. There are two kinds: Eumelanine, which turns the hair brown to black and Phaeomelanine, which causes a reddish color. Animals that suffer melanism produce more melanine, but if you look hard, you'll recognize the typical pattern." (Link: Why are jaguares spotted and tigers striped)


wonderful marking of a black Jaguar
This picture is a good excample
how the panther looks with sufficiant light.


~ rumor has it, that the black ones are agressive. But it is also said, that their behavior does not differ from that of normal jaguars/leopards. (But who knows, what science will uncover in the future?)

black Jaguar in sufficiant light

Class:

  Mammalia (Mammals)
Order:   Carnivora (Carnivore)
Family:   Felidae (Cats)
Subspecies:   Pantherinae
Species:   Panthera (Big cats)
Sort:  

Panthera onca (Jaguar) and/or Panthera pardus (Leopard)


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