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Is a black panther related to the mountain lion?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Yes, it is the same species of cat (Puma concolor, formerly Felis concolor) as what is commonly refereed to as a mountain lion. It is a separate subspecies (either coryi, or couguar depending upon your source), but it is the same species of cat none the less. I should also probably mention that a puma, cougar, mountain lion, catamount, painter, and mountain screamer are all different names for the same animal. There are something like 40 different names for this one cat depending on who you're talking to, and what part of the America's you're in.

    I hope I've cited enough sources (lol) to demonstrate that they are the same species. If not, a quick search on google will net you several dozen more sources.

    I think what may be confusing at times, is that the term "panther" is not a name that applies to any one species of cat; rather it is simply synonymous with "big cat". There is no single animal properly called a "black panther". In North America, the term panther generally refers to a mountain lion. In Central and South America, one would likely be referring to a jaguar (a jaguar (Panthera onca) is a different species altogether from the florida panther (Puma concolor)).

    Melanistic jaguars are not terribly uncommon, where melanism is carried on a dominant allele. While a truly melanistic mountain lion has not been recorded, there have been several well documented accounts of exceedingly dark specimens being photographed and/or killed. I've added a final link that may help explain things further.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, both are members of the cat family, Felidae. However, they are not closely related, each being from a different genus, and they are certainly not the same species.

    Technically the only animal that should be called a black panther is a melanistic (black) leopard (Panthera pardus). This was once thought to be a species in its own right, called the 'pard', whilst spotted leopards were believed to be hybrids between lions and pards (hence 'leo-pard' - lion-pard). However, some people also apply the term to melanistic jaguars.

    The mountain lion (Puma concolor) is also known as the puma or cougar or, in the case of the Florida subspecies, the Florida panther. However, if you are referring to this animal you should always say "Florida panther" rather than just "panther" to avoid confusion - if you say panther, most people will assume you are talking about a black leopard.

    Source(s): I have studied the cat family for most of my life, including trips to observe them in the wild, and used to be a zookeeper.
  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Black Panther Classification

  • A mountain lion is a puma is a cougar is a panther. They are all the same. Mountain lions are never black, so technically there are no true black panthers. However, people often use the term "panther" as a generic term for any large cat, so black leopards and black jaguars are mistakenly called black panthers.

    I've included a link below that talks about this nickname.

    Although the mistakenly called "black panther" is not a mountain lion, they are related because they are cats.

    Source(s): experience with cat conservation, extensive study
  • madcat
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Well, they are related in the sense that they are in the same Familiy - Felidae. But they are different Genus and species

    Note again. They are in the same family, but are not the same genus and species.

    Black panther refers to melanistic (black forms) of the Genus - "Panthera" which includes the lions, tigers, jaguars, and leopards.

    The mountain lion is in a separate Genus - "Puma" . The moutain lion species is "Puma concolor" and are referred to as pumas, mountain lions, or panthers. The mountain lion does NOT have a black (melanistic) form. In other words there realistically are no black mountain lions. So anything called a black panther, is not a mountain lion.

    You will hear on occasion of "black panthers" in the U.S. However, this has never been authenticated, as being some kind of black mountain lion. Most likely these are melanistic bobcats, jagaurundis, or maybe possibly jaguars which could possibly have some breeding populations in the sourthern U.S. In my region of East Tx, I hear reports of "black panthers". Since the Mt. Lion does not have a melanistic form, this would be most probably a Jagaurundi. Some have been described as very large and black. In this case, I would say it is a melanistic Jaguar, although these are quite rare.

    But to answer your question: Yes, the "black panther" and the mountain lion are both classified the same up to their common Family - Feladae. But beyond this classification they are different, and just depends on which animal as to the species.

    Source(s): Zoologist
  • 1 decade ago

    its a cat so im guessing so

  • 1 decade ago

    yes..they are.

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