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Posted by Ace on March 22, 2003 at 21:30:02:
In Reply to: Re: About Hybrid thread below posted by Amanda E on March 21, 2003 at 18:36:57:
:However, if you breed one species to another, say honduran to
sinaloan, the offspring will always be considered hybrids. No
matter how many generations down the line you breed the offspring
with only hondurans, you will always have some percentage of
sinaloan blood in them.
I have to agree with Tony on this. How does ANYBODY know they
have a "pure" specimen. Natural hybridizing is known to occur.
How does anybody know that, that special trait they're breeding
into their "pure" specimens isn't from a naturally occuring
hybridization. The only way to prove a pure specie is through
genetic testing. It would only take one natural hybrdization
to corrupt a whole locality. Over a period of time they MAY
even be considered a new specie or sub specie. For example if
a Florida King hybridized with a local rat specie(yellow)400
years ago, how do we know that the Brooksis of today aren't the
result? They may very well be just another genetic morph, but they
may also be the result of such a hybridization. Just my 2 cents ;)