Saturday, April 27, 2024

Isopod Morphs from Magnificent Beasts

My buddy Brandon Maines sent me a couple isopod morphs he's been working on a few months ago, which I'll be covering in today'- post. 😃 

First off, he sent me a group of Cristarmadillidium muricatum from his colony, which have been throwing "Dalmatian" morph individuals. This isn't a new morph for the hobby per say, or at least I've seen several other people working on isolating this morph from this species. Of the group Brandon sent me (which were all quite small on arrival), three have ended up being Dalmatians, all female. 😅 He'll be sending me one of his Dalmatian males soon though, so I can hopefully work on getting a pure breeding line going ASAP.

Here are some pictures of the lovelies:

Hopefully I can isolate a pure breeding line of this morph soon!

Now this morph is moree special, Brandon has already done the isolation work and has got them breeding true. Introducing to the hobby, Spherillo sp. "Dream - Crystal". These appear to be a T- Albino morph, and are very very pale. When fed a diet higher in carotenoids, they typically present a more orange-ish coloration, but those raised on a lower carotenoid diet look almost white. Definitely quite different than the wild type coloration, and they apparently breed even slower than the wild types as well.

Here are some pictures of this new morph:

A really beautiful isopod, and I'm happy to say mine have recently started breeding too! 😁

Anyways, that does it for this post, thanks for reading, hope everyone enjoyed, and I'll see you all next time! 😉

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