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Posted by ballsnboas on May 13, 2003 at 02:49:49:
In Reply to: hypo question posted by leeherps on May 12, 2003 at 22:25:16:
Gregor Johann Mendel first described the filial labeling at a meeting of the Brunn Natural Science Society in 1865. Now, many people misuse his labeling system. Mendel bred pea plants, he was crossing plants with different characteristics, similar to what we are doing with boas. He labeled his founding or parent plants P1. He designated their first-generation offspring the F1 (first filial) generation. When the F1s were allowed to breed amongst themselves the offspring resulting from this cross were called the F2 (second filial) generation, and so on. Just because a Salmon boa breeds to another Salmon boa does not make the offspring F2. If both of the above Salmons had different parents they would then start off as P1 and their offspring would be F1, as described by Mendel. Basically any time a boa is bred to any boa other than a sibling the filial numbering starts over.
So, rather than concern yourself with the correct or incorrect usage of the "F" concern yourself with the heritage of the boa you are going to buy. Don't buy a snake just because of the name, buy it because of what it is and what its parents and grandparents and so on are.
It is entirely possible to buy a true F4 Salmon boa that had a Salmon sibling (normal) for a parent. The only way to prove a Salmon super (dominant) is to breed it to a normal. Just because someone bred a Salmon boa to another Salmon boa and then bred two Salmons from that litter back to eachother does not make all of the resulting offspring super.