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« on: October 18, 2012, 04:21:32 AM »

1. Lizards



Melanistic Eastern Blue Tongue Skink (Tiliqua scincoides scincoides).


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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2012, 04:23:46 AM »

2. Ground Squirrel



Melanistic Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel; there are still a few of these squirrels in the area from periods when fires had been frequent. Melanism is just an extreme pigment
mutation that causes deeply dark-colored animals.
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2012, 04:24:59 AM »

3. Lion



In recent weeks, two very stunning black lion photographs have been circulating online. Why they attract such interest is that according to mainstream zoology, black lions

simply do not exist. If they did, and were wholly black in colour, they would most probably be melanistic specimens; analogous if not homologous genetically with black panthers

(melanistic leopards) and mutant all-black individuals of other felid species.
 
Sadly, for those hoping that these two photos therefore represented some major cryptozoological discovery, the reality, as is true ever more frequently nowadays, is that they

are nothing more than Photoshopped images.
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« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2012, 04:26:15 AM »

4. Fawn



Photographer R.M.Buquoi shot these pictures of a rare black fawn in Austin, Texas.
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2012, 04:27:16 AM »

5. Penguin



An extremely rare all-black penguin was photographed near Antartica by Andrew Evans of National Geographic. The king penguin doesn't look like his tuxedoed counterparts because

of what one scientist described as a “one-in-a-zillion kind of mutation.”

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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2012, 04:28:22 AM »

6. Silver Fox



The Silver Fox is a melanistic form of red fox. Melanism is an undue development of dark-colored pigment in the skin, and is the opposite of albinism. Silver foxes display a

great deal of pelt variation: some are completely black, save for the white tail tip, while others may be bluish-grey. Wild silver foxes do not reproduce exclusively with

members of the same coat morph, and can be littermates with the common red variety.

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