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Are panthers just black cheetahs?

Are panthers just black cheetahs?

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Asked by M. Jabrowsky, Last updated: Dec 04, 2021

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J. Emmerich

J. Emmerich

J. Emmerich
J. Emmerich, Web Content Writer, New York City

Answered Sep 13, 2018

Felidae is the term used to describe all cats. This includes both tigers, lions, pet cats and cheetahs, to name a few. However, there are subfamilies within this category. Not all types of cats fall under one subfamily. For example, the first genus, panthera, includes tigers, lions, jaguars, leopards and snow leopards.

This also includes panthers. Cheetahs, on the other hand, belong to the genus, Acinonyx. As a matter of fact, only the cheetah belongs to this genus. Black panthers are also completely black whereas the cheetah is orange with black strips. The panther can make noises by roaring, but the cheetah doesn’t make any noise as far as a roar. Also, cheetahs hunt at all times of the day and night, but panthers only hunt at night.

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