A black panther is typically a melanistic color variant of any of several species of larger cat. In the Americas, wild 'black panthers' may be black jaguars (Panthera onca), while in Asia and Africa, black leopards (Panthera pardus)
* * CAT SNIP: The Oriental Shorthairs, like all the Siamese group breeds, have a long, tubular body, the same width from shoulder to hip. Even their toes are long and slender. Despite their sleek shape, their bodies are muscular and firm, shown off by the luster of their short, close lying coat.