A very unusual genetic color variation in white-tailed deer produces “melanistic” or “melanic” deer.

A very unusual genetic color variation in white-tailed deer produces “melanistic” or “melanic” deer. But a “melanic” doe will rarely have spots as seen in this awesome picture, so this "may" be at the hands of photoshop.

Den glade Bondepige: Et år, der er fløjet afsted

Melanistic Fallow Deer Fawn- mellanistic fawns can have spots, but they are very faded—like this one.

Doe with melanistic (dark from extra melanin in coat) and normal fawns.

Ever see a BLACK Deer! They are called melanistic — the opposite of albino. Pictures taken by RJ Verge near Beamsville On. Canada Black deer are more rare than albinos.

Melanistic Fawn ---- Even more rare than albino are black, or “melanistic,” whitetail deer. The state of Texas seems to have a higher incidence of this mutation.

Melanistic Fawn ---- Even more rare than albino are black, or “melanistic,” whitetail deer. The state of Texas seems to have a higher incidence of this mutation.

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A very unusual genetic color variation in white-tailed deer — rarer even than albinism — produces all-black offspring in that species which are known as “melanistic” or “melanic” deer. A "black and white" Bambi.

A deer with melanism.

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A very unusual genetic color variation in white-tailed deer — rarer even than albinism — produces all-black offspring in that species.which are known as “melanistic” or “melanic” deer.

Black deer? In my woodlands? It’s actually LESS likely than you think. According to Dr. John Baccus, director of the wildlife ecology program at Texas State University, “Even though we have more melanistic deer here than in the whole world, they’re still extremely rare. It’s the rarest of the white-tailed deer, even rarer than the big-antlered deer.

Black Beauties: 10 Amazing Melanistic Animals

Melanism, the opposite of albinism. Melanism is a recessive trait where the skin and fur are all black.

This black deer is melanistic – the dark pigment melanin is prevalent. Melanism is the opposite of albinism.  See examples of other melanistic animals!

A very unusual genetic color variation in white-tailed deer — rarer even than albinism — produces all-black offspring in that species which are known as “melanistic” or “melanic” deer.

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