name commonly applied to the leopard
, especially to a black leopard. It is also used locally to designate various other cats including the jaguar
and the puma
. In animal systematics the generic name Panthera
is given to all the big roaring cats—the lion
, and leopard—as well as to the jaguar and, in some systems, the snow leopard.
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