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)
The elusive Black Panther's spirit meaning: Associated with great mysticism. A symbol of the mother, the dark moon and the power of the night. The black panther encourages us to understand shadow and darkness and to eliminate our fears. When Black Panther totem appears in your life, it is a symbol of releasing your passions, and starting a new phase of your life. A phase in which you are discovering your desires, and living your dreams. From darkness there is light.