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what's the difference between a melanistic and a black cat?

and is it true that melanistic animals are more disease resitant?
>I only found a study regarding melanism and disease with insects
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Melanism is just the overabundance of melanin. Melanism has developed multiple, different times. For example, black jaguar's have at least one mutated MC1R gene to thank. Domestic black cats have 2- deletion in the ASIP gene to thank. I'm not sure why exactly it makes them a little more disease resistance though. Here's some stuff for you to read if you're interested.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12620197
http://www.genomenewsnetwork.org/articles/03_03/black.shtml
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