Some points about melanistic lions:
1. How could any of you not know that this popular picture is digitally manipulated? It even looks manipulated… to my grandmother, who knows nothing about computers and is actually dead! This is why I never reblogged this picture.
(also stay away from the blue/silver phase tiger pics, those are also fake.)
2. In case you’re wondering about melanism, here’s the text book definition:
an increased amount of black or nearly black pigmentation (as of skin, feathers, or hair) of an individual or kind of organism…
so basically the black skin or hair or feather pigment takes over, when it usually would not, and you get an all black individual. Here are some legitimate examples of melanism… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanism
3. Thanks to Quiltkinous, for posting on this first, and asking me to make a post on it as well… http://quiltkinous.tumblr.com/,