posted on Apr, 19 2008 @ 06:08 AM
Originally posted by Thain Esh Kelch
I don't think it is albino, I believe it to be leucistic.
Its clearly also a small carnivore, but which one I don't know at the moment.
I still believe it is albino, here's why.
1. "albinos are not entirely white, but instead display a pale yellow colour"
2. "A further difference between albinism and leucism is in eye colour.
Due to the lack of melanin production in both the retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) and iris, albinos typically have red eyes due to the underlying
blood vessels showing through. In contrast, leucistic animals have normally coloured eyes.
This is because the melanocytes of the RPE are not derived from the neural crest, instead an outpouching of the neural tube generates the optic cup
which, in turn, forms the retina. As these cells are from an independent developmental origin, they are typically unaffected by the genetic cause of