Guppy Color Strains

hen there is the “Blond Glass Belly Panda,” which combines the blond, Glass Belly, Pink and Moscow mutations (Fig.2 ). This is a guppy that belongs to three different categories. I know it is entirely arbitrary, but I think of the Blond and Glass Belly traits as “modifier” traits because they are autosomal and tend to affect the whole body uniformly.

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Then there is the “Blond Glass Belly Panda,” which combines the blond, Glass Belly, Pink and Moscow mutations (Fig.2 ). This is a guppy that belongs to three different categories. I know it is entirely arbitrary, but I think of the Blond and Glass Belly traits as “modifier” traits because they are autosomal and tend to affect the whole body uniformly. So I have made the Blond Glass Belly Panda a variant of the Panda and the Panda is grouped with the Pink mutation guppies. The Bible has split many of the old groupings into smaller groupings. For example, the newly discovered Mg (Metallic Gold) gene has now got its own chapter. I have nothing to recommend my arbitrary classifications other than the fact that they may be of some use to breeders examining strains of unknown genotype. Or more simply the classification system makes this book easier to read from beginning to end. In fact fancy guppies are usually an arbitrary concoction of genes, selected for aesthetic appeal and perpetuated through the habit of selective breeding and the assignment of such names as “Flamenco Dancer.”