This page is obviously still very incomplete, because research into genetics at African Pygmy Hedgehogs is still in full swing. However, we now have a number of genes that have been published on our website. As there is more known about genetics throughout the research, we will supplement this page.

You’ll find the complete list of colors and genes at the bottom of this page.


Colors

Nimue0001Dark grey – **

Picture by Hedgery of the High Moors.
Dark grey is considered the wild color as it is the most common variety known worldwide. All combinations which do not support the other colors, turn out dark grey and, while pairing up two dark greys, you can get a wide variety of colors depending on which genes they carry with them. Therefore Dark grey does not have a genetic code, because Dark grey is the lack of any overpowering genes. Dark grey has a dark grey skin, black quills, a dark grey to black nose and the mask is dark grey with a brownish hue.

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18254393_10212979353344338_143159508_nBlack – aa

Picture by Hedgery Dèvi
Black is a melanistic gene causing the hedgehog to be extremely dark, making it black. Their mask, nose, skin and quills are black. Whether or not they are Algerian, a true black always has some mottling on their belly and has dark grey to black legs and feet. A Black without Algerian is often referred to as ‘Salt&Pepper’. However it is a melanistic gene, the hedgehog always has a white belly. Badger stripes often are often present but are not required to form a good black. Black also is a recessive gene and is incomplete dominant at the same time. Carriers of the black gene are really grey instead of having the usual brownish hue in their mask. They also tend to be darker than usual and do not fade as much.

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IMGP8059-1Brown – bb

Picture by Hedgery of the High Moors.
Brown is made from the brown dilute gene which causes a Dark grey to be lighter and a little browner. The skin is dark grey to mid brown, the nose is dark brown, quills are mid to dark chocolate and the mask is light brown. Many people often mistake a good brown with chocolate because of the darkness of the quills. Brown dilute is a recessive gene.

Research sheet

albinoAlbino – cc

Picture by Hedgery Priklee.
Albino is a recessive gene and causes a complete blockade on the production of the pigment. The animal has pink eyes and a full white fur and white quills.

Research sheet

IMG_6872Grey – dd

Picture by Hedgery of the High Moors
Grey is made out of a dilute gene which causes a dark grey to be lighter. The mask can vary from mid grey to brown, the nose is dark grey to black and the quills are black or dark grey. Skin is grey to dark grey. Dilute is recessive.

Research sheet

List of genes

Colors

 

Dark grey
Black
Brown
Albino
Grey
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aa
bb
cc
dd

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