A black panther is typically a melanistic color variant of ANY PANTHERA SPECIES. Black panthers in Asia and Africa are leopards (Panthera pardus). Black panthers in the Americas are black jaguars (Panthera onca). - via Amazing Wildlife
A BLACK LEOPARD --notice you can see the leopard markings. A "black panther" is not its own species—it's an umbrella term that refers to any big cat with a black coat. Cats called Black Panthers have spots too, they are just harder to see.
Black on Black! by Sue Demetriou Another capture of Athena the black Jaguar – however this time I wanted to do her completely on a black background; a challenge! Still don’t know if I have it right as didn’t have a flash gun and lets face it, I.