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Species : Panthera onca - Black Jaguar Cub (~ 3 months)
The jaguar, which is the only Panthera species from Americas, gets frenquently mixed up with the leopard, but he is usually larger and sturdier build. Moreover, its behavioral and habitat characteristics are closer to those of the tiger : the jaguar habitat is commonly composed by dense rainforest however this spotted cat can also be found in forested and open terrains. Just like the tiger, the jaguar enjoys water.
Black color morph is regularly seen in the Panthera onca species : melanistic jaguars are sometimes called black panthers, but like all forms of polymorphism, they do not form a separate species (exactly like spotted and melanistic leopards). Even if they look entirely black, the spots are still visible if you watch carefully. About the gene, the melanism allele is dominant. Selection is possible by breeding in captivity.
Size : 120-180 cm lengh (head and body), females are generally smaller than males (10-20%).
Weight : 40-100 kg (150 kg for the biggest males).
Because its numbers are declining, the Jaguar is listed as Near Threatened in the UINC Red List.

Location : ZooParc de Beauval, Loir-et-Cher, France
Camera : Canon EOS 40D
Lens : Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5,6 IS USM
Post-Processing : Photoshop CS3

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Aquilhanera Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
J'adore leurs patounes géantes ! *.* tu a fait une superbe série sur les panthères =)
darkcalypso Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Merci beaucoup ! Contente que tu apprécies :)
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