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RE: What's an " Alterna Phase"?

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Posted by: Aaron at Wed Mar 23 19:26:38 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Aaron ]  
   

Haha I just posted about how I rarely use the term intermediate and then you go and post one. I would most likely call this one an intermediate due to the primary bands being neither narrow nor wide.

I could also see myself calling it an alterna too because I think the overall appearance is a bit closer to that of an alterna than it is to that of a Blair's. The reasons being 1) Band width is fairly narrow, especially towards the ventral surface. 2) The nuchal area is pretty broken up. 3) It has very little red.

Now if those primary bands stayed as wide toward the ventral surface as they are at the top of the dorsal surface I think I might call it a "narrow banded Blair's."

As far as breeding goes I would probably try to pair it with something in the alterna phase spectrum if possible. I think pairing it to a Blair's phase would probably result in offspring with more dirty of red. Ultimately I like them all so I wouldn't hesitate to breed it with a Blair's if that was all I had or if that was closer in locality.
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