Tigers  -  two Rare Species  - White Tiger and Black Tiger (recessive trait causing  melanism: resulting in all black pigmentation of skin and fur)

Tigers - two Rare Species - White Tiger and Black Tiger (recessive trait causing melanism: resulting in all black pigmentation of skin and fur)

The opposite of albinism called melanism, a recessive trait where the skin and fur are all black. This is perhaps the most beautiful lion I have ever seen. (pet,animal,dog,dogs,cat,pets,our picks)

The opposite of albinism called melanism, a recessive trait where the skin and fur are all black. This is perhaps the most beautiful lion I have ever seen. (pet,animal,dog,dogs,cat,pets,our picks)

I want it..........why yes that was the strangest desire I've ever had. still want it.

Beautiful.

I want it..........why yes that was the strangest desire I've ever had. still want it.

A very unusual genetic color variation in white-tailed deer — rarer even than albinism — produces all-black offspring in that species which are known as “melanistic” or “melanic” deer.

A very unusual genetic color variation in white-tailed deer — rarer even than albinism — produces all-black offspring in that species which are known as “melanistic” or “melanic” deer.

Panthers are not a real species, they are jaguars and leopards who have melanism, which is the opposite of albinism.

Panthers are not a real species, they are jaguars and leopards who have melanism, which is the opposite of albinism.

melanistic animals- I feel stupid for not knowing this condition existed. I mean, since there is an opposite for nearly everything- why not albinism?

Melanistic Animals

melanistic animals- I feel stupid for not knowing this condition existed. I mean, since there is an opposite for nearly everything- why not albinism?

Rowan Byrne sent us this picture of a rare melanistic green sea turtle on Rosalie beach, Dominica in the Caribbean. If you have a photograph you'd like us to consider for a picture gallery, please email it to mypic@telegraph.co.uk, supplying a little info on where and when the picture was taken.  Picture: www.marinecreatures.com

Pictures of the day: 5 December 2012

Rowan Byrne sent us this picture of a rare melanistic green sea turtle on Rosalie beach, Dominica in the Caribbean. If you have a photograph you'd like us to consider for a picture gallery, please email it to mypic@telegraph.co.uk, supplying a little info on where and when the picture was taken. Picture: www.marinecreatures.com

Leucistic Ball Python (snake owned by the great @brookieecookierawr ) by mark_kostich_photography

Leucistic Ball Python (snake owned by the great @brookieecookierawr ) by mark_kostich_photography

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