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Melanistic red fox

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Melanistic Eastern Blue-Tongued Lizard vs regular Blue Tongue

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Melanistic Zebra

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In the skin, melanocytes help protect the cell from UV radiation. That is why people with lighter skin tone, or less melanin, have a higher propensity for getting skin cancer. In Melanism, there is many more melanocytes than usual, giving the opposite effect of albanism- the person or animal is much darker to the point of being black.

Contributed by Jessica Kalmazu Stimely

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