• @[email protected]
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    184 months ago

    The Jaguar has a scientific name: the Panthera onca
    Originally, the jaguar inhabited from northern Argentine Patagonia to the southern United States. The threats affecting the feline include deforestation and habitat loss, hunting, and jaguar and other animal roadkill. Due to its wide geographical distribution, the same species is called by various names depending on the culture and region it inhabited: jaguar, el pintado, onça pintada, nahuel, American tiger, jaguar, balam, otorongo, among others.

  • @[email protected]
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    94 months ago

    My university’s mascot was a panther. And while I was on student government we tried to pass a resolution that basically said that because we were at an institute of higher learning we shouldn’t have a mascot that empirically doesn’t exist.

    It didn’t get passed.

    What’s funnier to me is that they changed their mascot to essentially be a mountain lion. We have absolutely zero mountains anywhere near us.

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      4 months ago

      Mountain lion only describes one type of habitat cougars live in, they have the widest distribution of all the big cats and live in a variety of habitats, including the Everglades swamp in Florida, in canyons, and in areas with a lot of scrubby brush they can ambush from.

  • dream_weasel
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    34 months ago

    For anyone else interested, melanism does not exist in humans. So no…

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    24 months ago

    Can a panther be born from two black panthers and not be black? I don’t know about their habits, do they have prides and would that pride end up with mixed black panthers, Leopards, Jaguars in it? or do these get kicked out?

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      Lions are the only big cats that form prides (and interestingly have never been observed with melanism IIRC), other big cats are solitary except for the first year or two of their lives while learning from their mother. After they reach adulthood they’re all kicked out of mom’s territory. But within that one litter you can definitely have some spotted and some all black!

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          34 months ago

          AFAIK cheetahs only hang out in groups in the wild when it’s mom and her cubs learning to hunt, or adult males from the same litter may hang out together as adults.

    • SjmarfOP
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      54 months ago

      Can a panther be born from two black panthers and not be black?

      Based on my rudimentary high-school knowledge of alleles, the answer would be “yes” for some jaguar pairings, with a 25% chance of getting a regular jaguar in those pairings. It wouldn’t be possible for leopards.

      I’m not an expert though so if I’m wrong feel free to correct me