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Posted On : 15 Sep, 2023

Melanistic leopard or black leopard spotted in Nilgiri

Offsprings of an IndianLeopard and BlackPanther pair, the photograph dispels the myth that they are two different species. While leopards usually have a golden-yellow or tawny coat with black spots, leopards affected by a genetic mutation known as melanism have an excess of the dark pigment called melanin, giving their fur a black appearance.

Photographer Krishnamurthy S

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