14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
The Ghost - ever elusive Black Leopard of the forests of Southern India

A Black Leopard is the melanistic version of the species. They still have the typical spots, but are hidden by the excess black pigment melanin, giving an effect similar to that of printed silk. This is called "ghost striping"

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Date Taken: 09.2015
Date Uploaded: 06.2016
Photo Location: Kabini, India
Copyright: © Mainak Ray