Lazy Black Panther by Charlie Burlingame 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)
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.