- December 8, 2009 at 3:59 am #12433vk4vfxParticipant
For your interest …………. I am sure you will all find this interesting, this image was posted to me by a friend who lives in Jambaroo in New south wales.
I am aware it is a mutated gene that is responsible for its coloration (or it has consumed way to many white ants 😀 ) but I have never heard of nor seen this in an echidna before, the echidna’s are pretty well protected from predation as in the predator soon gets "the point" from its impenetrable mass of spines but im sure it would have to have some disadvantage being of this color?
- December 8, 2009 at 5:43 am #95703nova707Participant
unless the echidna lives in a snowy enviroment, i would assume that it your be a disadvantage for it.
- December 10, 2009 at 3:35 am #95747plasmodesmata11Participant
well, it lacks pigments, which protect DNA from mutation by absorbing UV rays
so albinos want to dodge the sun, so it would be more disposed to developing cancer
- December 26, 2009 at 4:29 am #96256i_r_e_dParticipant
So… What you guys are saying is… That if we transfer this echidna to the North Pole and start a colony of Polar Echidnas, then it wouldn’t have a problem because it would camouflage with the snow and it would have minimal sun contact…
- December 26, 2009 at 12:11 pm #96265
But it will probably have a little problems because of the temperature 😉 To my knowledge, they live in hot areas, what’s not much the case of North Pole, is it?
- December 31, 2009 at 12:47 am #96334i_r_e_dParticipant
Ah monkey feathers!! You are right!!
- January 1, 2010 at 1:10 am #96352EndangeredParticipant
Actually it might be leucystic instead of an albino. Leucystic animals have a preponderance of white pigment and this is actually a more common genetic form to be seen in the wild since the critter is not at risk from UV rays.
If I ever get to visit the Arctic and find an frozen echidna stuck to my pac boot…I will know who to blame 😡
- January 2, 2010 at 10:07 pm #96408quote Endangered:
😆 😆 😆
So, you say, that it produces some white pigment? What for pigment is that? Is that something similar to natural pigment or what?
- January 20, 2010 at 8:35 pm #96881WhatsItsFaceParticipantquote i_r_e_d:
This reminds me of the old saying "A white Elephant." Awesome idea, not good for much though 😐
- January 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm #96908
What about white rhino?
- February 14, 2010 at 9:27 am #97597animemusic8Participant
there is no such as "white pigment" or "green pigment" …does anybody want a debate about that???
anyway,there are a lot of disadvantages for being an albino… one of them is the lack of pigment makes the skin unusually sensitive to sunlight and thus susceptible to sunburn and also the visual problems.
- February 14, 2010 at 10:45 am #97605
there’s no green pigment??? 🙄
- December 6, 2010 at 10:56 pm #102658vk4vfxParticipantquote JackBean:
Yes it would not last 5 seconds in Antarctica far to cold not to mention there are no white ants there that make up the bulk of it’s diet, as for the "white rhino" there is no such thing really this is (proper name) "wide mouth" the wide mouth rhino’s name over time has evolved to "white rhino" another example of this is the Australian Death adder who started out named "deaf adder" over time this evolved to "Death adder" http://deathadder.yolasite.com/
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