Black Panther’s are melanistic Leopards. Melanism is the opposite of albinism where black pigments are developed in the skin.
Melanistic leopards are known, like melanistic jaguars, as “black panthers”. Melanism in leopards is inherited as a trait relatively recessive to the spotted form. Interbreeding in melanistic leopards produces a significantly smaller litter size than is produced by normal pairings.
The black panther is common in the equatorial rainforest of Malaya and the tropical rainforest on the slopes of some African mountains such as Mount Kenya. Between January 1996 and March 2009, Indochinese leopards were photographed at 16 sites in the Malay Peninsula in a sampling effort of more than 1000 trap nights. Of the 445 photographs of melanistic leopards, 410 came from study sites south of the Kra Isthmus, where the non-melanistic morph was never photographed. This data suggests the near fixation of the dark allele in the region. The expected time for the fixation of this recessive allele due to genetic drift alone ranged from about 1,100 years to about 100,000 years.
Overall good antique condition with the fur still remaining bright and vibrant in colour.
Leopards are protected under CITES Appendix 1 Annex A.
This piece comes with an A10 license which is required to legally sell pieces which are produced after 1947
- Max Height: 14cm
- Max Width: 33cm
- Max Depth: 17cm