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Posted by: Rick Staub at Mon Sep 27 18:12:48 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Rick Staub ]  
   

I have seen several ads recently in the classifieds section listing striped Kenyans for sale. A couple of these referred to the striping as a morph and even called the gene codominant. Maybe I have missed something but my understanding was that these were made by crossing a rufescen locality with a normal Kenyan. Calling it a codominant morph just because it expresses itself in the offspring would seem to misconstrue that this is really the product of hybridizing two localities at best and possibly two potential subspecies at worst. Though not currently recognized as a unique form, there does seem to be some significant differences between rufescens and Kenyans besides color. Rufescens are smaller and typically breed much later, commonly producing litters in Feb. I realize not everyone is a purist when it comes to breeding different localities, but in this case it would seem that these striped babies should at least be called Kenyan/rufescens crosses when advertised. Calling it a codominant morph would be akin to me saying I am het for German or Polish.
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