, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 190–197

Inheritance of the black form of the leopardPanthera pardus

  • Rov Robinson

DOI: 10.1007/BF00958904

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Robinson, R. Genetica (1970) 41: 190. doi:10.1007/BF00958904


The black form of the leopard is shown to be inherited as an autosomal monogenic recessive to the spotted wild type. Pairings of black animals inter se have a significantly smaller litter size than other possible pairings. Two reasons are offered for this: (1) that black animals may be slightly more inbred than the spotted or (2) black animals may be more prone to pre-natal loss than the spotted. The significance of the latter possibility is briefly discussed in relation to the persistence of the spotted/black polymorphism for areas of South-east Asia.

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© Martinus Nijhoff 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rov Robinson
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Stephens Road NurseryLondonEngland