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Panthera onca


The only Panthera species found in the Americas, its range extends from southern US and Mexico to Argentina. It is listed as a near-threatened species and its numbers are declining. This is a melanistic jaguar, a colour morph which occurs at about 6% frequency in populations.


Photographed at the Toronto Zoo

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RachelM 9 years ago

Thanks patty! :)

patty 9 years ago

Beautiful jaguar; it is sad to read that they are a near-threatened species, as most big cats...
nice picture rachel

yulia8473 10 years ago

oh baby, you are majestic!

RachelM 10 years ago

Thanks Amber and Fadoua! :)

Pino 10 years ago


Amber Burns
Amber Burns 10 years ago

She looks so peaceful. Great pic!

RachelM 10 years ago

Identifying the big cats can be a bit confusing...this is in fact a melanistic jaguar, I've posted a picture of her mate who is a regular spotted jaguar

You can use this website for identifying cats by their spots

The black panther is a bit more confusing because that can actually refer to numerous different big cats. Here's what I got off wikipedia - Wild black panthers in Latin America are black jaguars (Panthera onca), in Asia and Africa they are black leopards (Panthera pardus), and in North America they may be black jaguars or possibly black cougars (Puma concolor – although this has not been proven to have a black variant), or smaller cats.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Carolina I agree this one is dark or melanistic skinned.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Jaguars are mostly spotted colour.

Carolina 10 years ago

That's a misleading name, Ashish. This is a melanistic jaguar.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Black Panther.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Aug 9, 2009
Submitted on May 9, 2011

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