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What is the scientific classification of the black panther?

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The scientific classification of the black panther is Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata, Class Mammalia, Order Carnivora, Family Felidae, Genus Panthera, Species pardus. Black panthers are leopards that have a recessive gene which makes them all black instead of spotted.

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Black panthers, like all animals, are part of the Kingdom Animalia. The Phylum Chordata classifies them as having a backbone and skeleton. Since they have mammary glands and hair, they are further subgrouped into Mammalia. Black panthers eat meat, and therefore are classified in the Carnivora order. The Family Felidae classifies the black panther as a cat, and the Genus Panthera classifies black panthers as cats that roar. The species Panthera pardus indicates that the black panther is part of the leopard species.

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