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Types of Panthers

A Melanistic Jaguar
A Melanistic Jaguar

A black panther is the melanistic color variant of any big cat species. Black panthers in Asia and Africa are leopards (Panthera pardus), and those in the Americas are black jaguars (Panthera onca).

Black Panther, by Merab Abramishvili
Black Panther, by Merab Abramishvili

Black panther, by Merab Abramishvili Black panther sightings are frequently recorded in rural Victoria and New South Wales, and Western Australia. The Australian "phantom panthers" are said to be responsible for the disappearances and deaths of numerous cats, dogs and livestock.

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