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Posted by Hurley on May 12, 2003 at 20:15:02:
In Reply to: hypo, het hypo???? posted by IcedGoddess on May 12, 2003 at 12:37:06:
:This is my Okeetee, I'm sure he's not hypo, but does he look like he's maybe carying the hypo gene? or do all okeetee bellies look like this?
Wouldn't it be nice if you could tell hets for hypo by the belly? It's been debated and bandied back and forth with implications that a washing out of the checkering with orange creeping in may be predictive of the animal being het for hypo. It's a wonderful theory, and who knows? It may be accurate in some lines of hypo or in the het hypos in some lines of corns...I am obviously not an expert on the trait...but what I do know is this: In my own collection of corns, the blackness and solidity of the belly checkering appears to be independent of the hypo gene.
Examples (only a few, got a bunch in shed right now. :)---
Here's a hypomelanistic corn:
Yeah, there's a little fading of the belly checks, but not very much (sorry, she's in shed)...and she's homo for hypo.
OK, here's an Okeetee het for hypo B (sunkissed):
Absolutely zero fading of the checkering. She's an '02.
How about a normal with no known hypo in her background (although she hasn't been test-crossed for it yet, so anything is possible):
Shoot, her belly says she may as well be a hypo. :)
And lastly for now, a ghost:
Homozygous for hypo and anery, yet the checkering is darn near solid. If her brother weren't opaque right now, I'd show you his belly; you don't get much more solid black than his checkering.
I'd love to hear more input on the subject. My opinion stems from my own experience within my own collection. I'd also love to see any pics of anerys het hypo. I personally had an anery motley that started out black and ended up lighter than my ghosts.