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Young male melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus), Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Photographed with a camera trap. Black and white.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Young male melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus), Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Photographed with a camera trap. Black and white.
Young male melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus), Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Photographed with a camera trap.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Young male melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus), Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Photographed with a camera trap.
Young male melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus), Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Photographed with a camera trap.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Young male melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus), Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Photographed with a camera trap.
Young male melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus), Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Photographed with a camera trap.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Young male melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus), Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Photographed with a camera trap.
Young male melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus), Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Photographed with a camera trap.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Young male melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus), Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Photographed with a camera trap.
Young male melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus), Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Photographed with a camera trap.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Young male melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus), Laikipia Wilderness Camp, Kenya. Photographed with a camera trap.
Melanistic leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus)  on territorial patrol on track, Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka, India.  -  Giri Cavale
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Giri Cavale / Melanistic leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus) on territorial patrol on track, Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka, India.
Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) baring teeth, captive.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) baring teeth, captive.
Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) on log, captive. Non-ex  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) on log, captive. Non-ex
Melanistic Jaguar (Panthera onca) in rainforest, captive, Belize  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Melanistic Jaguar (Panthera onca) in rainforest, captive, Belize
Black Jaguar or Panther (Panthera onca) snarling, captive, Peru  -  Mark  Bowler
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Mark Bowler / Black Jaguar or Panther (Panthera onca) snarling, captive, Peru
Jaguar (Panthera onca). Belize, Central America  -  Lynn M Stone
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Lynn M Stone / Jaguar (Panthera onca). Belize, Central America
Melanistic Jaguar (Panthera onca) portrait with mouth open. Captive, occurs in Central and South America.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Melanistic Jaguar (Panthera onca) portrait with mouth open. Captive, occurs in Central and South America.
Leopard (Panthera pardus) resting, Londolozi Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa.  -  Sergey  Gorshkov
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Sergey Gorshkov / Leopard (Panthera pardus) resting, Londolozi Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa.
Melanistic (black form) leopard, often called black panther, USA (captive). Spots visible on legs.  -  Lynn M Stone
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Lynn M Stone / Melanistic (black form) leopard, often called black panther, USA (captive). Spots visible on legs.
Temminck's / Asian Golden Cat (Pardofelis temmincki)  captive, occurs in Southeast Asia.  -  Terry  Whittaker
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Terry Whittaker / Temminck's / Asian Golden Cat (Pardofelis temmincki) captive, occurs in Southeast Asia.
Temminck's or Asian Golden Cat (Pardofelis temmincki)  captive, occurs in Southeast Asia.. Black phase, Forestry Department Wildlife Rescue Centre, Thailand.  -  Terry  Whittaker
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Terry Whittaker / Temminck's or Asian Golden Cat (Pardofelis temmincki) captive, occurs in Southeast Asia.. Black phase, Forestry Department Wildlife Rescue Centre, Thailand.
Melanistic leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus)  on territorial patrol on track, Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka, India.  -  Giri Cavale
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Giri Cavale / Melanistic leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus) on territorial patrol on track, Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka, India.
Melanistic leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus) male  in tree, Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka,  India.  -  Giri Cavale
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Giri Cavale / Melanistic leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus) male in tree, Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka, India.
Melanistic leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus)  on territorial patrol on track, Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka, India.  -  Giri Cavale
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Giri Cavale / Melanistic leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus) on territorial patrol on track, Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka, India.
Melanistic leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus) male, Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka,  India.  -  Giri Cavale
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Giri Cavale / Melanistic leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus) male, Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka, India.
Melanistic leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus) male  in tree, Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka,  India.  -  Giri Cavale
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Giri Cavale / Melanistic leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus) male in tree, Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka, India.
A melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus) on forest track, Kabini Forest, Karnataka, India. Black and White.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / A melanistic leopard (Panthera pardus) on forest track, Kabini Forest, Karnataka, India. Black and White.
Peppered moths {Biston betularia} normal white and melanistic black forms. Melanistic form is better camouflaged in areas where lichen growth is inhibited by industrial pollution  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Peppered moths {Biston betularia} normal white and melanistic black forms. Melanistic form is better camouflaged in areas where lichen growth is inhibited by industrial pollution
Grey squirrel (black phase) {Sciurus carolinensis} British Columbia, Canada  -  Tom Vezo
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Tom Vezo / Grey squirrel (black phase) {Sciurus carolinensis} British Columbia, Canada
Burchell's (plains) zebra (Equus quagga), with melanistic markings, Etosha national park, Namibia, May  -  Ann  & Steve Toon
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Ann & Steve Toon / Burchell's (plains) zebra (Equus quagga), with melanistic markings, Etosha national park, Namibia, May
Black Adder {Vipera berus} Dorset England  -  David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Black Adder {Vipera berus} Dorset England
Adder juvenile {Vipera berus} Dorset England  -  David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Adder juvenile {Vipera berus} Dorset England
Grey wolves showing fur colour variation. (Canis lupus)  -  Tom Vezo
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Tom Vezo / Grey wolves showing fur colour variation. (Canis lupus)
Leopard (Panthera pardus) spotted male with melanistic female resting on rocks,  Tamil Nadu, Western Ghats,  India.  -  Felis Images
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Felis Images / Leopard (Panthera pardus) spotted male with melanistic female resting on rocks, Tamil Nadu, Western Ghats, India.
Head portrait of female Jaguar (Panthera onca) black melanic form, captive.  -  Eric Baccega
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Eric Baccega / Head portrait of female Jaguar (Panthera onca) black melanic form, captive.
Black Jaguar (Panthera onca) kitten, captive.  -  Charlie  Summers
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Charlie Summers / Black Jaguar (Panthera onca) kitten, captive.
White Tiger sitting portrait {Panthera tigris}  India  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / White Tiger sitting portrait {Panthera tigris} India
Melanistic (black form) leopard snarling, often called black panther (captive)  -  Lynn M Stone
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Lynn M Stone / Melanistic (black form) leopard snarling, often called black panther (captive)
Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) female resting with normal spotted cub, captive.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) female resting with normal spotted cub, captive.
Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) female with normal spotted cub, captive.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) female with normal spotted cub, captive.
Melanistic leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus) Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka, India.  -  Giri Cavale
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Giri Cavale / Melanistic leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus) Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka, India.
Melanistic Jaguar (Panthera onca) portrait. Captive, occurs in Central and South America.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Melanistic Jaguar (Panthera onca) portrait. Captive, occurs in Central and South America.
Close up head portrait of melanistic / black Leopard (Panthera pardus) captive  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Close up head portrait of melanistic / black Leopard (Panthera pardus) captive
Melanistic Leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus) male  in tree, Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka,  India.  -  Sandesh Kadur
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Sandesh Kadur / Melanistic Leopard / Black panther (Panthera pardus) male in tree, Nagarahole National Park, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Karnataka, India.
Fluffy black kitten, 12 weeks old, walking across.  -  Mark Taylor
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Mark Taylor / Fluffy black kitten, 12 weeks old, walking across.
Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) portrait, captive.  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) portrait, captive.
Melanistic (black form) leopard (Panthera pardus) often called Black panther. Captive.  -  Lynn M Stone
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Lynn M Stone / Melanistic (black form) leopard (Panthera pardus) often called Black panther. Captive.
RF - Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) peering through leaves, captive. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / RF - Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) peering through leaves, captive. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) running, blurred motion. Captive. Non-ex  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) running, blurred motion. Captive. Non-ex
Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) standing on dead tree, captive. Non-ex  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Black panther / melanistic Leopard (Panthera pardus) standing on dead tree, captive. Non-ex
Leopard Black / Melanistic Panther) {Panthera pardus} looking startled, Captive  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Leopard Black / Melanistic Panther) {Panthera pardus} looking startled, Captive
Black panther (Jaguar) {Panthera onca} captive, Amazonia, Brazil.  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Black panther (Jaguar) {Panthera onca} captive, Amazonia, Brazil.
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