Melanistic animals do not have their normal coloring. Instead they appear as all black. Black big cats are generally referred to as Panthers. Often slight outlines of spots can be seen in the black like in Jaguars.
Black leopard (Panthera pardus) Native to Africa and Asia Photographer: FRANS LANTING/ National Geographic Stock
Beautiful Black Panther by German Photographer Michael Döring at Loro Parque (Zoo), Tenerife, Spain.
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Black Panther, with green eyes.
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Same species but one with color pigment mutation (black jaguar).