I need a better picture without too much reflection of the light in order to tell wether this specimen should be classified as being platinum.pagoda said:Wouldn't that youngster be classed as a Platinum?
In some species the Platinum is pretty rare and can command high prices when sold can't they?
Thanks for the information.emeraldking said:It doesn't look like an albino. Yes, it's paler but doesn't have the red eyes. One or both parents might carry a recessive gene for this. Or as already mentioned, a mutation has ocurred. But it's not an albino.
A phenotypical trait that is recessive, doesn't always need to come back phenotypical with both parents carrying the recessive allele. In case, one of the parents (or both) are already a mix that may carry more recessive alleles. one or more of those alleles will take care that a recessive trait may occur again phenotypical in a low number of offspring. But yes, in general it does need the same recessive alleles from both parents to accomplish this.
But if you'd like to give this type of guppy a name, it would be a leucistic guppy. This means, black eyed but no pigmentation in the skin. This is different from albino.
There three kinds of red eyes specimens:
Ocular albinism → light red eyes and no albinism in the skin.
Oculocutane albinism → light red eyes and albinism in the skin.
Lutino → dark red eyes and no albinism in the skin.
emeraldking said:I need a better picture without too much reflection of the light in order to tell wether this specimen should be classified as being platinum.