|Phantom Pinstripe Project
Although not the craziest project in my
collection, this is more or less a 'fun' project that I've become more and more
enamored with over the past couple years.
In 2005, I unknowingly stumbled onto a gene being carried by a couple
of my breeder Black & Cream Pinstripes, which essentially eliminates the pattern
and leaves the raised pinstripe scales and traces of lateral striping.
During the 2005/2006 seasons, I produced about 12 hatchlings from six different
females that displayed what looks like a muted pinstripe pattern, but without
the usual flame pattern and cream coloration on the raised 'pinstripe' scales.
In the past, I had bred Stripes into some red
geckos (starting my red Harley project) and also to my original Tangerine
Pinstripe female. In addition to the usual lavender-grey and chocolate, I
even hatched a few Phantoms from my Tangerine line and one from my Red Harlequin
I sold several of the darker colored
Phantoms as 'Patternless Pinstripes' and several Red Phantoms as patternless
reds, but I kept one red one, all the Tangerines and the best two darker ones.
I now have two generations worth of
Phantom Pins produced by at least 10 different geckos...and that's not counting
the ones being produced from my Tangerine Pinstripe and Red Harlequin groups.
Most of these geckos are still young, but
they're showing a ton of potential. Look forward to seeing Phantom Pins
become available soon.
While not flashy in appearance, these geckos have
piqued the curiosity and captured the attention of hobbyists and collectors
around the world...and that was before they saw the Tangerine one!