A black panther is the melanistic colour variant found in members of the genus Panthera, particularly of the leopard (P. pardus) in Asia and Africa, and the jaguar (P. onca) in the Americas. Black panthers of both species have excess black pigments, but their typical spotted markings are also present. Melanism in the leopard is caused by a recessive allele, and in the jaguar by a dominant allele.
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This breed is also called Black Leopard, Black Panther, Melanistic Panthera Pardus, Panther Habitat, Panthera Pardus (Melanistic), Reports of Black Cougars in the US, Reports of Black Cougars in the USA, Reports of Black Cougars in the United States as well as Reports of Black Cougars in the United States of America.
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