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Melanism Vs. Albinism (some of these are photoshopped, I'm sure, but there are several that appear not to be. An interesting phenomena for sure)

The opposite of albinism called melanism, a recessive trait where the skin and fur are all black. This is perhaps the most beautiful lion I have ever seen.

Gorgeous ! the opposite of albinism called melanism,a recessive trait where the skin and fur are all black

Cigarrinha - Brazil by Rui Pará

Book cover design by Jean-François Martin. "Contes des chats" by Jean Muzi, Editions Albin Michel.

albino ladybug - there is something about this that makes my heart sad- not sure want, maybe the way it's laying

Indoors, it is important to place lights for reading or close work over a shoulder rather than in front.

Beautiful Albinism. How can one look so flawless? It's like looking at a porcelain doll.

Melanistic jaguar - Melanism is an overabundance of black pigment in animals and is actually the opposite of albinism and even more rare.

Albino Dolphin :) ♥ Yes, it's pink due to it's albinism & the blood vessels that lie just below it's layer of blubber

This ball python (Python regius) has leucism, a genetic condition caused by a recessive allele. Leucism causes all pigments in the body to be reduced. This differs from albinism because in albinos, only melanin production is inhibited. Photograph by Jonny Peace.

‘Lutino’ Blue and Gold. This Macaw is most likely an albino. His yellow coloring wouldn't come from melanin (since albinism means no melanin pigment), it would come from other pigments that albinism doesn't affect such as carotenoid pigments. If his coloring was a result of leucism or xanthochromism his eyes would not be pink.

The white lion (Genetic Mutation - Albinism Disorder) I hope this lion is happy and healthy. It certainly is a beautiful anomaly.

In types with slight pigmentation, hair appears more yellow or red-tinged and vision may be better

Ridiculed, misunderstood and feared for their 'magical powers': Artist’s poignant pictures of sufferers of albinism

Snowflake had suffered from an unusual form of skin cancer in 2001, almost certainly related to his albinism condition, known as oculocutaneous albinism type 1, and died November 24 2003. While the average lifespan of a gorilla in the wild is 25, he was thought to be between 38 and 40 years old.He looks very wise.

Albinism is a defect of melanin production that results in little or no color (pigment) in the skin, hair, and eyes. -

Kulshan, a boy from India with albinism, 2005. Photographer: Andreas Deffner

Wild! I had never heard of melanistic animals, which is the opposite of albinism. Neato :)

A lion with a rare recessive gene. Having black skin and fur. because making them look badasses wasn't enough ahaha. AWESOME.

melanism: the opposite of albinism

A very unusual genetic color variation in white-tailed deer — rarer even than albinism — produces all-black offspring in that species which are known as “melanistic” or “melanic” deer.

Stunning Peacocks. White peacocks are unusual in the wild, but are bred in captivity. It's caused by leucism, a condition characterized by reduced pigmentation in animals caused by a recessive gene. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin, and the animals have normal-colored eyes - not pink or red.