the opposite of albinism called melanism, a recessive trait where skin & fur are all black. the wonder of nature...

the opposite of albinism called melanism, a recessive trait where skin & fur are all black. the wonder of nature...

I absolutely love those small signs of affection that animal share with each other.                                                                                                                                                      More

I absolutely love those small signs of affection that animal share with each other. More

A rare black lion. My understanding is that almost all large cats have a recessive black, or melanistic, trait. That's why you have black panthers, which are usually melanistic leopards or sometimes melanistic tigers. It is also why there are black jaguars, as opposed to those with spotted coats. The melanistic trait in lions is simply more rare than in other types of large cats.

A rare black lion. My understanding is that almost all large cats have a recessive black, or melanistic, trait. That's why you have black panthers, which are usually melanistic leopards or sometimes melanistic tigers. It is also why there are black jaguars, as opposed to those with spotted coats. The melanistic trait in lions is simply more rare than in other types of large cats.

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