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Posted by Emma on May 09, 2003 at 15:30:56:
In other reptile terms hypomelantistic means less melanin, NOT less spots, but less melanin = less black = brown instead of black. So the leos with brown spots on head and body is the true hypomelanistic and that should be genetic and breedable. Has anyone try the genetics about the brown spotted leos?
And the Snow, as we call them, should be anerythristic (not showing red pigment) or axanthic (not showing yellow pigment).
In snakes the term "axanthic" means that this color morph is lacking yellow pigment. The condition of axanthism, as far as we know, only affects the xanthophores. Xanthophores are responsible for the red and yellow pigment found in snakes. It does not appear to affect the melanophores. The melanophores are responsible for the black and brown pigment found in snakes.
Anyone in genetics, what do you think about this?