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Posted by: boxienuts at Wed Apr 24 20:53:54 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by boxienuts ]  
   

Ended up with 25 perfect big babies and ZERO slugs or stillbornes. After having a bad year last year this season is going pretty darn good. Must have done something right this season. The dame was a T. radix (plains) het axanthic (one of her parents was axanthic so she had a 50% possibility of being het axanthic or het anerythristic). The sire was an axanthic visual (so being co-allelic he carries one copy axanthic and one copy anerythristic).This means the sire would have to donate either a copy of axanthic gene OR a copy of anerythristic gene. About half the babies born are axanthic and the other half are normal phenotype. Thus proving out that the female is in fact het axanthic (or she carries one copy of the axanthic gene). This also means that all the normal looking babies are 100% het anerythristic. If the dame would have been het anerythristic half the babies would have been anerythristic and the other half would have been normals het axanthic. Hope I didn't confuse anyone.

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