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Albino Eastern quoll discovered

In an amazing turn of events, a reader has contacted Where Light Meets Dark claiming to have a taxidermy of an all-white, albino Eastern quoll.

What began with a simple enquiry has ended up being the first ever known example (to the best of my knowledge !) of an albino Eastern quoll.

The specimen was caught by "Jim Fisher's dog" near Ballarat in about 1882 Not only is this 19th century specimen from the mainland (with mainland quolls now believed to be extinct) but it is 127 years old!

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All white albino mainland Eastern quoll

Posted by: admin on 22nd Mar 2009 05:57 AM
Updated by: admin on 22nd Mar 2009 06:05 AM
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Whoa
Posted on: 2009-03-24 22:57:55   By: Vinh
 
This is new.

Great addition and find Chris!
My guess on this one is it's sort of like the white tiger, those used to be in the wild every now and then when that gene was prevalent. Pleiotrophy wasn't it? I think a single gene changed the color? Since it's wiped out, there's no chance for breeding for anymore, just like the white tigers can only be bred in zoos. Maybe try checking Tasmanian stock for a color coat change?

Thanks,
Vinh



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