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The most melanistic animals of the night – All Black

Melanistic Big Cats aka Black Panthers

Melanistic animals (all black)

Melanistic, “melanic,” or “black morph” specimens are caused by the presence or presence of a dark pigment in their skin. It is a condition in which the skin or appendages develop excessive dark pigment, contrary to albinism.

Melanism derives from a Greek word meaning black pigment.

Pseudo-melannism, also known as abundism, is a pigmentation pattern characterized by dark pigment spots, especially on the hindquarters that make the animal appear melanistic.

Melanism that is due to the process of adaptation is referred to as adaptive melanin. Dark creatures are better able to survive and reproduce as they can camouflage themselves. Predators are less likely to notice some species, while others, such as black panthers, utilize it as a foraging advantage at night when hunting.

Melanism is usually inherited: A dominant gene expressed exclusively or nearly entirely in the phenotype causes excessive melanin production. Animals with adaptive melanin include squirrels, cats and dogs, coral snakes, and various felines and canids.

Melanism is an example of this constant change in nature of which nothing is more striking than a pitch-black animal, which is the product of a rare genetic mutation even rarer than albinism.

Listed below is a fascinating gallery of melanistic animals.

Melanistic, “melanic,” or “black morph” specimens are caused by the presence or presence of a dark pigment in their skin.

Melanistic Big Cats aka Black Panthers

Generally, black panthers are melanistic-colored subspecies of a large cat. Latin American black panthers are black jaguars (Panthera onca), black leopards (Panthera pardus) in Asia and Africa, and black cougars (Puma concolor – although no black variant has been confirmed) in North America.

Melanistic Big Cats aka Black Panthers

Melanistic (all black) Ratsnake

Melanistic (all black) Ratsnake

Melanistic (Black) Fawn

Melanistic (Black) Fawn

Melanistic (Black) Wolf

Melanistic (Black) Wolf

Melanistic (Black) King Penguin

Melanistic (Black) King Penguin

Melanistic (Black) Zebra

Melanistic (Black) Zebra

Melanistic (Black) Red Fox

Melanistic (Black) Red Fox

Melanistic (Black) Eastern Blue Tongue Lizards

Melanistic (Black) Eastern Blue Tongue Lizards

Melanistic (Black) Seal

Melanistic (Black) Seal

Melanistic Eastern Grey Squirrel (Black Squirrel)

Melanistic Eastern Grey Squirrel (Black Squirrel)

Melanistic Ayam Cemani rooster

Ayam Cemani rooster

Melanistic Giraffe

Melanistic Giraffe

Melanistic Flamingos

Melanistic Flamingos

Melanistic Pomeranian
Melanistic Pomeranian

Melanistic – All-black butterfly
Melanistic - All-black butterfly

In fact, melanism is fairly common in animals, depending on the species. This color variation is often documented in Jaguars. During your outdoor adventures, you’ve likely seen black squirrels too, though melanistic deer are exceedingly rare.

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