Understanding the Hypo/Hypomelanistic Leopard Gecko Morph: Its Origins and Unique Traits
The Hypo/Hypomelanistic morph is a fascinating variant in the world of leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius). This morph's unique appearance and intriguing history make it a popular choice among breeders and hobbyists. Let's delve into the history and distinguishing features of the Hypo/Hypomelanistic leopard gecko.
Origins of the Hypo/Hypomelanistic Leopard Gecko Morph
The Hypo/Hypomelanistic, or 'Hypo' for short, morph originated as a result of selective breeding. Breeders noticed some geckos exhibited reduced black pigmentation, and through selective breeding, these traits were emphasized, leading to the creation of the Hypo morph.
Characteristics of a Hypo/Hypomelanistic Leopard Gecko
The term 'Hypomelanistic' is derived from the words 'hypo' meaning 'under' or 'less than normal', and 'melanistic', referring to melanin, the pigment responsible for dark coloration in animals. True to its name, the Hypo morph is characterized by a lack of, or reduced, black pigmentation. This results in fewer black spots and a lighter overall coloration compared to a normal leopard gecko.
However, Hypo geckos can come in a range of colors and patterns, including yellow, orange, and even white, depending on their genetic makeup. What makes them unique is the lack of heavy black spotting, giving them a cleaner, more uniform appearance.
The Hypo/Hypomelanistic Leopard Gecko morph, with its reduced black pigmentation and wide range of potential colors, is a beautiful and fascinating addition to the leopard gecko world. As with all morphs, remember that their care and happiness should always be prioritized. Happy gecko keeping!