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 Post subject: Albinos
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 7:40 pm 
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Did anyone else buy some of these from Bristol inverts recently? I've got loads of this particular species (they keep breeding) but have never seen them in albino before, I think they're quite pretty in their own way.






Here's the albino baby next to a normal adult


And normal coloured babies


They're listed as Narceus americanus on the website but to me the images brought up by google don't match the animals all that well. The adults of this species I had were smaller than the sizes listed for Narceus americanus. There are normal coloured ones on Bristol inverts too that look identical to the adults I have and my original adults.

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 Post subject: Re: Albinos
PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:20 am 
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the millis you have dont look anything like the Narceus americanus i had :hmm:
also i found this
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A quick web search reveals multiple comments (incl. one from our own Eric Eaton!) that suggest that there are no "true" albino insects as they have a chitinous exoskeleton and not a vertebrate skin with melanocytes.

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 Post subject: Re: Albinos
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if there is no albinos how comes they are white then :lol:
and look pretty smart i think :) i like them although wouldnt go there again as much as i want to


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 Post subject: Re: Albinos
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That's why I posted asking if anyone else had any millipedes of either description. I wasn't given a latin name for my original adults and always just refered to them as American orange banded millipedes.

Perhaps they aren't albions in the same way as vertebrates are but no one can deny they are very different to the norm and albino would be the obvious term to apply.

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the millis you have dont look anything like the Narceus americanus i had :hmm:
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A quick web search reveals multiple comments (incl. one from our own Eric Eaton!) that suggest that there are no "true" albino insects as they have a chitinous exoskeleton and not a vertebrate skin with melanocytes.

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 Post subject: Re: Albinos
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the ones i had were a dark slate grey with dull amber bands only visible when really bent over .
& like you say the bubbas deffo look albino :crazy:

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 Post subject: Re: Albinos
PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:15 am 
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yep that sounds more like the Narceus americanus that I found browsing google images. On my lot the orange bands are very obvious though maybe it's just regional variation.

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 Post subject: Re: Albinos
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Well I know that Emma bought these as albino Narceus because she beat me to the parents in the auction for them. I have got some coming too so it will be interesting to see what sp. they turn out to be.


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