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Posted by Tim Schroeder on May 11, 2003 at 17:04:58:
In Reply to: my .02... posted by JohnB on May 09, 2003 at 13:12:44:
Personally, I don't think we should start thinking about breeding to create crosses yet. There are still plenty of diamonds out there, and while they are still a handful to breed, clutches are being produced every year. There is still the European contingent I would prefer to import from before breeding with other carpets to keep the species going. We've got some time. Diamonds will be here for a while, they'll just remain fairly rare.
:Absolutely. Data collection is priority #1. Until we know the size of the gene pool we're working with, not to mention the population growth rate, I don't think we should be producing more hybrids than we already are.
:However, if it turns out that the population of US diamonds is relatively small (probably true) and shrinking (I have no clude), hybridization becomes more of a viable option.