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Panthera pardus roseus Khalaf, 2013

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Mammalia - mammals »  order Carnivora - carnivores »  family Felidae - cats »  genus Panthera


EN Pink Panther, Pink-hued Leopard, Strawberry Leopard

The word panther derives from classical Latin panthēra, itself from the ancient Greek pánthēr (πάνθηρ) meaning "large spotted cat". The Greek word is likely a loan word, but the source language is unknown. An incorrect folk etymology traces the word to the Greek pan- (πάν), meaning "all", and thēr (θήρ), meaning wild beast.
The Species Name pardus: Middle English parde; Old French pard; Latin pardus; Greek párdos (masculine); derivative of párdalis (feminine); compare Old English (rare) pardus. Meaning a leopard or Panther.
The subspecies name “roseus” means pink or rose-coloured in Latin and refers to the pink coat colouration of the new Leopard subspecies.


A pink-hued male leopard was seen and photographed at South Africa's Madikwe Game Reserve in April 2012. Several leopard taxidermies found in some museums have also a pinkish to reddish colouration. This leopard is distinguished from the other Panthera pardus subspecies by its distinctive pinkish coat colouration. It is morphologically a distinct subspecies. The new subspecies was named Panthera pardus roseus Khalaf, 2013 by the Palestinian-German Zoologist Prof. Dr. Norman Ali Khalaf-von Jaffa.


Reference: Khalaf-Sakerfalke von Jaffa, Prof. Dr. Sc. Norman Ali Bassam Ali Taher (2013). The Pink Panther (Panthera pardus roseus Khalaf, 2013): A New Leopard Subspecies from South Africa. Gazelle : The Palestinian Biological Bulletin (ISSN 0178-6288). Number 108, December 2013, Safar 1435 AH. pp. 26-42. Dubai and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

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