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  1. Kathryn marsh
    August 22, 2015

    Would love to finish the article but there is an advertisement in the middle of the text.


    • Winona January
      April 20, 2016

      Both of these are large cats. People think that there is actually no difference between the two. t In addition to that, most people would think that there is no difference between the panther and the jaguar because they are both felines that have the same hunting method. Considering hunting methods, both the panther and the jaguar hunt for the same type of food — meat.

      The term “panther” simply is the generic term for large cats, and that would include the jaguar. To simply differentiate between the two, jaguars are actually panthers. Along with the jaguars would be lions, leopards, tigers, and other large cats. It is safe to say that all jaguars are panthers. However, if people would say that all panthers are jaguars, then there would be a mistake since, as mentioned earlier, panthers would include tigers, lions, and leopards. Moreover, there is a difference in their classification, more specifically their genus. Jaguars are from the genus panther while the panthers are from the genus Panthera pardus.

      People might have also taught that black panthers are another species of large cats because it is different from the typical appearance of large cats, more particularly the jaguar. But actually these black panthers are still either leopards or jaguars. The only thing that actually differs is the coloration of the panthers. These other colors of panther species are called melanistic panthers. The discoloration of panthers from the typical spotted or striped fur is caused by melanism, the increased amount of dark pigmentation in the skin or hair of animals. At times, melanism may also occur not only to the skin or hair but also to eyes and to some birds’ feathers.

      There is a difference between the panther and the jaguar when it comes to the specific physical attributes as well. The sizes of these creatures have slight differences. Jaguars would usually weigh around 124-211 lbs. or 56-96 kilos. The panthers, on the other hand, would weigh around 100-250 pounds. They would also have a difference in the length. The range of the length of the jaguars would be around 5-6 feet tall whereas the range of the panthers’ length could go from 7-8 feet.

      Read more: Difference Between Panther and Jaguars | Difference Between | Panther vs Jaguars http://www.differencebetween.net/science/nature/difference-between-panther-and-jaguars/#ixzz46LHq9qNp


      • Rob
        March 31, 2019

        It is contradictory to say that a panther is a jaguar and then say that there are differences between the two. You should give the difference between a Jaguar and another “panther.”


      • Joe momma
        April 2, 2020

        All squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares. That help?


  2. Dave
    March 21, 2018

    ”People might have also taught that black panthers are another species of large cats because it is different from the typical appearance of large cats, more particularly the jaguar. But actually these black panthers are still either leopards or jaguars.

    Summary: 1.There is a difference in the classification of panthers and jaguars.”

    I am slightly confused with how this is worded.


  3. Carrole
    April 7, 2019

    Happy to learn this difference …
    Thank you !!!


  4. Lewis Bogue
    March 6, 2020

    There are a handful of points in both the article and the comments that aren’t strictly true. But what has motivated me to submit this is the claim in the article itself that states “Panthers do not have spots on their long body and tail”. This is unfortunately misinformation.
    A ‘panther’ is not a separate species of cat, and is a general name that we denote to a big cat with a black coat, arising from a recessive gene which causes melanism.
    Leopards, jaguars and cougars can all be found to have this recessive gene, and so some offspring are referred to as ‘panthers’. If the panther is a cougar, then the coat will be pure black with no spots – in the same pattern as a regular cougar. However, if the panther is either a leopard or a jaguar, then the cat will have spots (rosettes) on its body in the same pattern as the relevant cat. They are not immediately visible, but to claim they are not present would be incorrect.


  5. Smart
    April 6, 2020

    You know panthers aren’t real, right? Or, they aren’t black I should say. Panther is another name for the mountain lion (Look at the Flordia Panther). The “Panther” shown here is a black leopard. Well, not even.

    Let’s see here:
    “They are native to America, Asia and Africa.” – You just stated that they are leopards, but leopards live in Africa (I think some live in Asia). Same with this paragraph – “Panthers are very adaptable animal and able to survive in different habitats. They are commonly found in tropical and deciduous forests but they also inhabit in marsh and grasslands and deserts and mountains.”

    “the Panthers do not have spots on their long body or tail. They have shiny coat of dark fur. Their heads are relatively small with strong jaws and emerald green eyes.” – This paragraph is describing an imaginary animal, the “black panther” some people think actually exists.

    “The panthers may be black in color while the jaguars may be spotted.” Panthers (mountain lions) can be brown. They have never been recorded to be black. Jaguars can be black or spotted. Leopards can also be black or spotted.

    Summary: This article is misinformation.


  6. Peter Gino Masuhlo
    April 11, 2020

    Happy to learn the difference and understanding that all large cats come from the Panthera family and as such are classified as Panthers.

    I love black Panthers myself.

    However where does this leave pumas? Are they part of the Panthers family?


  7. Peter Gino Masuhlo
    April 11, 2020

    I know that the puma is smaller but can someone elaborate further in terms of how the puma fits or NOT into the panther family?


  8. S Robertson
    April 30, 2020

    So how is a Florida Panthers the same as a mountain lion as previously mentioned. Where does it fall in comparison to the other big cats?


  9. Dhanushka
    May 8, 2020

    Most important thing I came here to see is their speed comparison which is not included in the article.


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