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Posted by Mark Seward on December 22, 2001 at 17:39:48:
In Reply to: Neat little guy... Question: ...... posted by kerry on December 22, 2001 at 17:07:25:
I don't have enough data to know if there is genetic explanation or if there are non-genetic developmental influences at work. I have an adult female cinctum with such a staggered pattern and she produces the most outstanding "normal" patterned babies. However, she has produced babies with 3 body bands on one side and 4 on the other. For example, in ’97 she produced 6 babies, two of which had 3 bands on one side and 4 on the other. One of the normal ’97 babies produced 5 babies this last season—3 were normal, one had 3 and 4 body bands and the other just 3 bands (it was the very animal I posted).
I produce several “Y” patterned cinctum each year.
: ......If you don't mind sir, how often does this reduction occur in your group of cinctum? I have rarely seen this clean three banded morph in the wild with three bands on one side of the body, four on the other to create a "Y" or "zig-zag" affect to be much more common, often leading to an incorrect identification as suspectum. I have however I have seen the "Y" pattern you are referring to several times in the cinctum I produce--it seems to be fairly common. Also, there are times when there are the same number of bands bi-laterally, but they are offset on one side so the pattern looks staggered or zigzagged.
seen the reduction many times in lizards from the suspectum part of the range.
: Thanks in advance.