Piebald/albin/melan/leuci... "-isms", what do they actually mean?

After a discussion with our local geneticists I came to realise that a bunch of “isms” are thrown around at complete random in the reptile hobby and I’d like to discuss it in depth.

Most of these words are commonly thrown about throughout the community, but the meaning behind them is often skewed from the scientifical meanings.

Let’s start with a easy one that we’ve discussed before, Piebald. It’s obviously Piebaldism, this is a mutation that happens in a multitude of different animals.

What about Fire… it creates “Black Eyed Leucistic”… it must be leucism, right?

How about Ghost?.. those that know there ball python morphs will know it as Hypo also. Hypomelanistic?

Before we get into the discussion part, which we will likely need @t_h_wyman to back me up, let’s have a poll just for some fun. See if you can guess the correct “ism”.

Banana

  • Hypomelanism
  • Leucism
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Piebaldism
  • Amelanism
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypermelanism
  • Axanthism

0 voters

Lesser

  • Hypomelanism
  • Leucism
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Piebaldism
  • Amelanism
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypermelanism
  • Axanthism

0 voters

Albino

  • Hypomelanism
  • Leucism
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Piebaldism
  • Amelanism
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypermelanism
  • Axanthism

0 voters

Mahogany

  • Hypomelanism
  • Leucism
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Piebaldism
  • Amelanism
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypermelanism
  • Axanthism

0 voters

Fire

  • Hypomelanism
  • Leucism
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Piebaldism
  • Amelanism
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypermelanism
  • Axanthism

0 voters

Hypo

  • Hypomelanism
  • Leucism
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Piebaldism
  • Amelanism
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypermelanism
  • Axanthism

0 voters

Piebald

  • Hypomelanism
  • Leucism
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Piebaldism
  • Amelanism
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypermelanism
  • Axanthism

0 voters

Lemonback

  • Hypomelanism
  • Leucism
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Piebaldism
  • Amelanism
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypermelanism
  • Axanthism

0 voters

Axanthic (VPI Line)

  • Hypomelanism
  • Leucism
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Piebaldism
  • Amelanism
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypermelanism
  • Axanthism

0 voters

Pastel

  • Hypomelanism
  • Leucism
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Piebaldism
  • Amelanism
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypermelanism
  • Axanthism

0 voters

Lavender Albino

  • Hypomelanism
  • Leucism
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Piebaldism
  • Amelanism
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypermelanism
  • Axanthism

0 voters

Het Red Axanthic

  • Hypomelanism
  • Leucism
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Piebaldism
  • Amelanism
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Hypermelanism
  • Axanthism

0 voters

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I cheated and stole the answers from him

:rofl: :crazy_face: :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

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Wouldn’t “axanthic” be hypoxanthic?

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Depends. But in the case of balls, yes

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I’m not going back through them all again :sweat_smile:

Here begins the discussion :crazy_face:

I accidentally clicked the wrong one for albino aaaaA

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Click the “Show vote” button and it pulls up the list again and you can change it

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Let’s kick off the discussion and drop the answer to number 1, Banana

A lot of you guys did well here, others may have been tripped up by remembering that Bananas are a type of albino and maybe placed them in the same group.

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