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Question about Axolotl breeding outcomes?

RoomySquirrel

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Hello! I’m brand new to the Axolotl world and coming up to my first year with an axolotl. I’m thinking of when he gets older and I get enough room to maybe breed mine with another one. So my question is how do you tell the outcome? Is there any resources I could use that would tell me that if let’s say I breed a Melanoid with an albino what would be the outcome? I’m really interested in genetics and what I’m going for my degree in (bioengineering.) so this stuff is really interesting to me. Thank you!
 

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Hello! I’m brand new to the Axolotl world and coming up to my first year with an axolotl. I’m thinking of when he gets older and I get enough room to maybe breed mine with another one. So my question is how do you tell the outcome? Is there any resources I could use that would tell me that if let’s say I breed a Melanoid with an albino what would be the outcome? I’m really interested in genetics and what I’m going for my degree in (bioengineering.) so this stuff is really interesting to me. Thank you!

that link has a pretty good basic breakdown of axolotl genetics. Honestly, without knowing the parentage of your axolotls, it will be a lot more difficult to predict as most color variants require two recessive alleles to be expressed. The more you know about the genetics of your axololt's parents and even their parent's parents, the more accurate your outcome determination will be.
 

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that link has a pretty good basic breakdown of axolotl genetics. Honestly, without knowing the parentage of your axolotls, it will be a lot more difficult to predict as most color variants require two recessive alleles to be expressed. The more you know about the genetics of your axololt's parents and even their parent's parents, the more accurate your outcome determination will be.
Thank you so much. I know my axolotls phenotype but I don’t have another robe but it is a fun topic I want to learn about.
 

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Thank you so much. I know my axolotls phenotype but I don’t have another robe but it is a fun topic I want to learn about.
their genetics really are quite interesting, especially when you start getting into the iridophores and such. For example, a lot of people think melanoids are just the solid black/dark grey axolotls, when in reality, melanoid just means a lack of iridophores. You can have wildtypes, leucisitcs, ect. that are also melanoid. You can tell the difference by looking at their eyes. Melanoids will have a solid black eye ring from the lack of iridophores, instead of the shiny eye ring associated with non-melanoids. It obviously gets much more in depth than that for other traits, but that's just one example.
 
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