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Albino echidna

Postby vk4vfx » Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:59 am

For your interest ............. I am sure you will all find this interesting, this image was posted to me by a friend who lives in Jambaroo in New south wales.

I am aware it is a mutated gene that is responsible for its coloration (or it has consumed way to many white ants :D ) but I have never heard of nor seen this in an echidna before, the echidna's are pretty well protected from predation as in the predator soon gets "the point" from its impenetrable mass of spines but im sure it would have to have some disadvantage being of this color?
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Postby nova707 » Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:43 am

unless the echidna lives in a snowy enviroment, i would assume that it your be a disadvantage for it.
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Postby plasmodesmata11 » Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:35 am

well, it lacks pigments, which protect DNA from mutation by absorbing UV rays
so albinos want to dodge the sun, so it would be more disposed to developing cancer
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Postby i_r_e_d » Sat Dec 26, 2009 4:29 am

So... What you guys are saying is... That if we transfer this echidna to the North Pole and start a colony of Polar Echidnas, then it wouldn't have a problem because it would camouflage with the snow and it would have minimal sun contact...
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Postby JackBean » Sat Dec 26, 2009 12:11 pm

But it will probably have a little problems because of the temperature ;) To my knowledge, they live in hot areas, what's not much the case of North Pole, is it?
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Postby i_r_e_d » Thu Dec 31, 2009 12:47 am

Ah monkey feathers!! You are right!!
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Re: Albino echidna

Postby Endangered » Fri Jan 01, 2010 1:10 am

Actually it might be leucystic instead of an albino. Leucystic animals have a preponderance of white pigment and this is actually a more common genetic form to be seen in the wild since the critter is not at risk from UV rays.

If I ever get to visit the Arctic and find an frozen echidna stuck to my pac boot...I will know who to blame :x
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Re: Albino echidna

Postby JackBean » Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:07 pm

Endangered wrote:If I ever get to visit the Arctic and find an frozen echidna stuck to my pac boot...I will know who to blame :x

:lol: :lol: :lol:

So, you say, that it produces some white pigment? What for pigment is that? Is that something similar to natural pigment or what?
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Postby WhatsItsFace » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:35 pm

i_r_e_d wrote:So... What you guys are saying is... That if we transfer this echidna to the North Pole and start a colony of Polar Echidnas, then it wouldn't have a problem because it would camouflage with the snow and it would have minimal sun contact...


This reminds me of the old saying "A white Elephant." Awesome idea, not good for much though :|
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Postby JackBean » Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:00 pm

What about white rhino?
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Postby animemusic8 » Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:27 am

there is no such as "white pigment" or "green pigment" ...does anybody want a debate about that???

anyway,there are a lot of disadvantages for being an albino... one of them is the lack of pigment makes the skin unusually sensitive to sunlight and thus susceptible to sunburn and also the visual problems.
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Postby JackBean » Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:45 am

there's no green pigment??? :roll:
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