After years of waiting and pressure from my fans, I’m finally putting down on “paper” the complete GeneX story. Its been something that I’ve talked very little about.
The reason I’ve not gone into details before now is with any subtle gene there’s always the inevitable rash of people who have a similar animal and use my photos to claim they have the same thing. What has taken me years to reliably identify and figure out, they think they suddenly an expert in… I remember about 10 years ago when every CH was suddenly a Yellowbelly. This is inventible with almost any new morph.
GeneX started with a captive-hatched animal. An amazing, very odd girl with melted sides and unique belly striping that is closer to center of the belly than typical belly striping.
The original GeneX female was put directly into my Pied project the first year and reproduced her look in her first offspring. The following season her linage produced the first Yellowbelly Pied (aka Pumpkin Pied) here at JKR way back in 2008.
I didn’t think much of this unique gene until others also began producing YB Pieds that were not quite as bright as my original. That is when I started to consider that this unnamed gene was having a significant enough influence to pay attention to it.
In order to give it a label for tracking it in my own collection I called these animals GeneX. Eight years later this name has stuck.
In the past couple seasons I’ve been able to identify the gene more reliably as I’ve gone through nearly 4 generations. 2015 was the first season I have been able to really focus on what combos it could make.
Photos are below – for more info, keep scrolling to the bottom.
Other GeneX examples
How would I describe GeneX?
I tell people it looks a lot like what people call “harlequins”. They have melted, “rollor coaster” sides, belly striping and lots of fading / blushing, especially in adults. Few Harley genes prove to be genetic, however it might be the same (or different) than proven lines.
Is there a super form?
I expect there is, but I’ve not yet tried for it yet.
Is it attached to the Pied genes?
No. GeneX was imported separate from Pieds and I have a couple GeneX animals now that were poss het, that I’ve disproven being het Pied.
Het Pieds themselves are known to be odd looking, so sometimes its hard sometimes to know where Het Pied ends and GeneX begins, I’m excited to take this gene beyond the Pieds.
What does it do in Pied combos?
The pics above should be clear. Its brings out a lot of orange in Pied combos as well as softening / brightening pattern. Surprisingly it seems to bring more white into some Enchi Pied combos.