Appreciating the subtle and not so subtle physical differences between individuals or subspecies of animals. I'm not an expert, just a person who likes to troll through the internet to find interesting looking animals. Feel free to point out any mistakes. I am not accepting requests at the moment. I do not claim to own any pictures, and will try to link back to the source.

Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)

  1. A gorgeous dark grey wild type, the speckling and colors of wild types can vary greatly from animal to animal, enough to warrant a separate post later on. [x]
  2. This melanoid is a velvety black animal with blue-grey undersides, it has none of the iridescence (iridophores) found in most other morphs. [x]
  3. Unfortunately, this unique copper never made it to adulthood. Like all coppers, it lacks black coloration. This variety does come in many shades, and I find this one’s light yellow base with golden flecks particularly stunning, along with the fact that it is also possibly piebald. The light and translucent skin around it’s limbs and neck probably would have become more solid with age, though we’ll never know. [x]
  4. A trio of morphs. The bright yellow hued golden albino, what looks like two melanophore (black pigment) and xanthophore (yellowish pigment) deficient white albinos, and the ever popular pink gilled and darked eyed leucistic that most people are familiar with.[x]
  5. Leucistic axolotls can have black markings, this particular one has a solid black mask and freckled back. [x]
  6. Half wild type and have leucistic, this chimera is a flashy whoopsie made by two embryos fusing into one animal early on in it’s development. [x]
  7. I can’t find much info on this gorgeous enigma. It seems to have characteristics of the melanoids in it’s dark base color, with patches of golden flakes standing out against it. The gills are pink, and the undersides appear to be a translucent white.[x]
  8. A wild type axolotl with the eyeless mutation, this trait is said to render the animal sterile. [x]
  9. My personal favorite, an eyeless animal with an unknown skin mutation. The skin is a shade of orange-red I’ve never seen in other examples, with thick looking patches of white that appear to be some sort of fungus, though is just a strange build up of pigmentation. [x]
  10. Normally neotenous and able to reproduce in it’s larval looking stage, axolotls will rarely metamorph into the terrestrial “adult” form naturally like this one. They are built very much like the other mole salamanders in their genus. You can force the change by using hormones, though by all accounts it cuts the lifespan much shorter and is considered cruel to do. Here are a few examples of different varieties artificially morphed.[x]