Golden Albino

Aliases: Golden

Issues: Photophobia

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Last Updated: 2022-04-18

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Like most of the light-colored axolotls in this list, the golden albino morph does not have melanophores.

What makes this morph unique is that it retains xanthophores, which gives it a golden-yellow color. Individuals that additionally have lots of iridophores can look like they are covered in gold leaf. [1]

A very common morph is golden albino. They are albino due the a/a albino genotype, and they are golden because they are either AX/AX or AX/ax, meaning they still have the red/yellow coloration from the xanthophores. They can be D/D or D/d, but the dark pigment is blocked by the albinism. [2]

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Issues

Photophobia

While the word photophobia literally translates to a "fear of light”. Its not actually that you are scared of light, but instead, are incredibly sensitive to it. Animals with albinism experience photophobia due to the lack of pigment in the iris, which does not allow the eyes to filter out light.

Golden Albinos are very similar to leucistic axolotls, but they do not have pigment in their eyes. Because of this, white albinos are more sensitive to light and generally have poorer vision than other types of axolotl. [6]

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Appearance

Head

Golden Albinos have white, yellow, or pink eyes. They also have peachy gills with a lighter yellow tint. [3]

Body

Golden albinos range from almost pure white to peach, yellow and orange-gold. They have reflective spots and speckles on their bodies. [4]

This type of axolotl can be completely white at birth and change color over time. [5]

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Combos

  • Sunburst (Golden Albino High Iridophores)

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