Bear with me while I fumble my way through documenting these genetic anomalies. I am not a biologist, neither an ornithologist nor herpetologist. I'm a wildlife photographer who's taken a strong interest in how genetic diversity manifests itself through colour phases. I have much to learn about the many recessive, dominant, co-dominant and incomplete dominant genes that exist in nature. This page was created to show how variable the colours of nature can be.
allele about genetic diversity
Leucism is a gene that many confuse with albinism. Leucism is caused by a lack of several pigment genes that affect coat, feather and skin colour. Many animals that exhibit leucism have white fur or feathers, yet still retain their natural/normal eye colour.
Piebald or 'pied' for short, is similar to leucism. Pied animals have a reduction in similar pigment genes, however they
Melanistic animals are those that have an overabundance of melanism genes - the genes