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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, supplying a little info on where and when the picture was taken. Picture:

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Pictures of the day: 11 February 2010

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)

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Pictured: The 100,000-to-one black barn owl

Black Barn Owl and normal Barn Owl. Blacks are mutant and would be killed by other owls the wild but this one was forn at Herford Owl Rescue

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

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Fox with Melanism

“ A lion with melanism, a recessive trait where the skin and fur are all black. isnt nature...

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Legendary South African Lion. Wow. He's beautiful. It looks like a little artistic license with the all-black coloring, but...

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