Hi, I'm trying to learn about the genetics of mice coat colors. I've done research but I'm still pretty confused. Do you have any resources you could link me to that explain it well (or maybe you can discuss it yourself, if you have time)? I also have trouble phenotyping because so many coat colors look similar to me, do you have any tips? Thanks so much ❤
Ohgosh! You and I are in the same boat, nonny! I’m still learning a lot about meecers colors and how they interact with eachother.
Unlike in rats, because mice have more modifiers ontop of genotypes- some take priority over others? Which- is an entire new ballpark to me!
Some of the best resources that I have been suggested to purchase and read has been: “Color inheritance in small livestock” Which can be purchased here: http://www.furandfeather.co.uk/shop-2/bookshop/general-small-livestock-titles
However, the best online resource would have to be these!
Of course the AFRMA isn’t the only club out there and you may want to research around to see what club works best for you! I.e: I’m registered with: “Fancy Mouse Breeders Association” as I love their standards and the community more so than the AFRMA! You can find their page here: http://www.fancymousebreedersassociation.com/
and they have a link to their standards and what not!
Then of course honestly just finding a good community of mouse people and talking with them is always great, I’m learning slowly (very slowly LOL) but I often ask questions in the FMBA group on facebook! They’re so friendly and kind on there it’s refreshing!
I wish I could explain them better, but rat genetics were my thing- mice are a whole new ballpark for me!