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Series Palettes

Created Aug 16, 2007

Series Palettes











Have you ever had the feeling that some of your palettes worked better as a series, as if they outlined a phase you went through in your life, or just for artistic purposes? Need a place to put them together, and in the right order? This is the place! Simply add your work to the palettes section, and post the order for your series as badges or images in the conversation area. Wonderful. :)

Rabbit fur palettes

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A series based on rabbit coat colors. I raise and show Lionhead rabbits and I'm very interested in color genetics.

Rabbits come in two colors: black (B) and brown (called chocolate, represented by "b") all of the other colors are created by various modifying genes.

There are five "self" colors, meaning the rabbit is one solid color with no pattern or shading. Black is dominant over chocolate, dense color (D) is dominant to dilute (d). The dilute gene, "d" turns black to blue and chocolate to lilac. White rabbits can have either ruby or blue eyes, which is determined by two completely different genes.
The "A" series of genes is responsible for the presence or lack of pattern, The "A" (agouti) gene is dominant. Next is "at" which is the "tan" pattern (otters and martens). Last would be "a" for self

Chestnut is the most dominant color and the color of wild rabbits.

Opal is the dilute of chestnut.

Lynx is the dilute of chocolate chestnut.

Otters come in the four self colors (black, blue, chocolate, and lilac).
This pattern results in a self colored rabbit with highlights at the neck, belly, ears, eyes and nostrils. It is recessive to agouti (A) and dominant over self (a)
The "C" series modifies the rabbit's color by restricting the formation of either black or yellow pigment.
Complete color,"C" is dominant and does not alter the base color. "chd", called dark chinchilla, restricts yellow pigment and turns chestnut to the sparkling black and white of chinchilla. "chl", called light chinchilla, restricts black pigment and turns black to sable. "chl" is incompletely dominant so it is affected by the second "C" series gene the rabbit carries. "ch" restricts pigment to the "points" of the rabbit's body - ears, nose, feet & tail, resulting in what is called the Himalayan pattern. Finally there is "c" which works to lighten the sable color, or when paired with another "c" gene, produces the albino.

A black rabbit with the "chl" and "c" genes is
Siamese Sable

Siamese sable dilute is
Smoke Pearl

Siamese sable with the non-extension "e" gene is
Sable Point

Don't call me Albino, I'm a
Ruby-Eyed White

Seal is created by a doubling of the chl gene. A darker version of the Siamese Sable.
The "E" series controls the extension of pigment on the hair shaft. Full extension of color is the dominant "E". The recessive "e" restricts the extension of color, concentrating it at the base of the shaft and turns a black rabbit an orange-ish hue.

Black Tort

Black tort diluted is
Blue Tort

Black tort with the agouti-pattern gene is
Blue-eyed white rabbits carry the Vienna gene (V). Only one "V" gene is necessary for a rabbit to exhibit white marks or spots on a colored coat. A rabbit with two Vienna genes (VV) looks like the bunny in my avatar, pure white with bright blue eyes.

Blue-Eyed White

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