Post by londongerbils on Mar 1, 2021 8:18:26 GMT -8
I was wondering if anyone with expertise could correct me if I’m wrong.
I have had my 2 gerbils since they were pups. They look nothing alike and came from a really mixed group of little pups, which were all so different that I was sure they weren’t related. However, now I’ve had a look at the genetic codes, I was wondering if it’s possible they are sisters.
one is a grey agouti, the other is a spotted black gerbil, though I believe she is considered a spotted slate gerbil since she is a lighter black colour. She has white spots on her paws, a white neck and a white diamond on her head.
is it possible they could be related if the grey agouti had Aa agouti gene and my slate gerbil had aa and sp genes?
I think I may be wrong, because on reflection my grey agouti has wine eyes and my slate gerbil has black. I’m very confused!
The spotting gene on top of any coat colour can lighten the colour - so a black spotted gerbil may appear lighter than a solid black gerbil. The spotting gene isn't part of the colour genetics - it sits on top of it.
However, even two agouti gerbils in a group or pair might not be related?