Different traits occur amongst species of animals whether it be written in their genes or acquired through life experiences. However, certain rarities prove to amaze scientists and nature enthusiasts alike.
Albinism is known as a “congenital absence of pigmentation.” This condition extends to animals and plants resulting in white hair, scales, and skin. In animals, the eyes are typically pink in color.
On the opposite side of the spectrum lies melanism which is an increase of dark-colored pigmentation. It is a rare condition amongst different species of animals and the images are stunning.
This pigmented deer is a rare gem.
The all-black flamingo stands out like a treasure amongst peers.
Flamingos are known to have a pinkish hue primarily due to their diet such as crustaceans. However, flamingos with melanism continue to keep their dark and mysterious tone.
This Ayam Cemani rooster is a rare Indonesian breed.
Goldfish or blackfish?
Melanism is not restricted to land animals. It occurs in marine life like the fish above as well as reptiles. It is also known to be more effective in deterring predators as black absorbs light and promotes camouflage within the environment.
The albino giraffe stands out amongst a sea of greenery.
Black wolves are said to be more common in parts of North America as a result of being interbred.
According to Though Co, “Based on genetic analysis, Dr. Barsh’s team estimated that the melanism mutation in canids arose sometime between 13,000 and 120,000 years ago.”
A melanated youngster makes a stark contrast against the black and white zebra.
Research is still documenting rare penguins of full and partial melanated conditions.
Interestingly enough, according to National Geographic, “All-black penguins are so rare there is practically no research on the subject—biologists guess that perhaps one in every quarter million of penguins shows evidence of at least partial melanism…”
While butterflies are known for their colorful transformations, this dark beauty captivates against the floral background.
The beauty found in albinism and melanism offers a profound opportunity to see all of nature’s wonder free from edits or manipulation.
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