7 pictures of unusual all black animals
Have you ever thought about a condition opposite to albinism? It's called melanism, and is caused by the abundance of the dark pigment. Animals who have this rare genetic mutation look incredibly beautiful – let's take a look at them.
#1 A cute melanistic guinea pig
Melanistic animals occur both in the wild and in captivity.
#2 Black panthers are actually not a separate species
They are a melanistic version of the jaguar and the leopard. This kind of melanism is called adaptive melanism, which means animals develop it in order to survive better in their habitat. For example, its dark coloring allows the black panther to hunt more successfully at night.
#3 This melanistic serval looks weird and adorable
Servals are wild cats native to Africa. They usually have golden coats marked with black spots:
#4 A melanistic Silkie rooster - these funny fluffy birds often exhibit melanism
If you enjoy these pictures of melanistic animals, take a look at this compilation of photos of stunning albino animals.
#5 Have you ever seen a black squirrel?
Melanistic squirrels live in the Midwestern US, Northeastern US, Canada and the UK.
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#6 A black salamander
Fully melanistic salamanders live in the Alps.
#7 A black fox
Melanistic foxes comprise around 10 percent of the total fox population. If you want to learn more about black foxes, don't miss our article about them: 10 pictures of beautiful melanistic foxes.
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