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Post by xvickyx on Mon May 17, 2010 7:28 am

Crested Geckos come in an array of morphs.

Flame
Flame morphs are characterised by their coloured back or dorsal strip. A true flame will have little or no colouring along its side or legs

Harelquin
Harlys are similar to flames in that they have a coloured dorsal stripe but they also have colouring on their legs and sides.

Dalmation
Dals can be charactarised by the spotting on their bodies they can exist with other morphs for example a harlequin dalmation.

Super Dalmation
Super dals have a lot of spotting on their bodies.

Tiger
Tiger morphs are characterised by the stripes going from one side of the body to the next over the dorsal region.

Creamsicles
Creamsicle cresties have an orange/red body with a cream coloured dorsal stripe.

Blondes
Similar to creamsicles blondes need a cream/ white coloured dorsal stripe and they need to be dark bodied (darker the better) when fired up.

Moonglow
Moonglows are something of a legend amongst crestie keepers. They hardly appear for sale and when they do they go for big bucks. Moonglows are of a white/bluish hue and must stay like this all the time, even when fired up.
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Re: Crested Gecko Morphs

Post by Crestie Chris on Mon May 17, 2010 8:52 am

Here's an example of a harlequin with some portholes starting to appear (white spots on sides) and some dal spotting
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Re: Crested Gecko Morphs

Post by xvickyx on Mon May 17, 2010 8:53 am

WOW pretty Very Happy
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Re: Crested Gecko Morphs

Post by Laura_28_06 on Tue May 18, 2010 11:31 am

anyone got pics of all the morphs? just to give examples of them I love you
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Re: Crested Gecko Morphs

Post by ninjaaa23 on Tue May 18, 2010 1:17 pm

Patternless: A,B,C,D,E = same color
Tiger: A,B,C,D = Same color with dark streaking
Dalmation: Scattered black, red, green, or white spots in all
zones
White-fringe: Light or cream colored fringe lining the hind limbs
Flame/Fire: A and B light with or without streaks. C dark base
color. D is patterned.
Harlequin: A and B are light colored. C, D, and E are patterned
to various degrees.
Chevron-back: A and C are dark. B is light chevron pattern.
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Re: Crested Gecko Morphs

Post by ninjaaa23 on Tue May 18, 2010 2:23 pm

Patternless





Well this morph is pretty straight forward, it lacks any
pattern and is one uniform colour








Bicolour


Bicolours are similar to patternless in the fact they don’t have
patterns however they do have more than 1 colour which consists of different shades.
They usually have a lighter shaded mid-dorsal zone with darker base colour.





Dalmations


1 of the more easier morphs to identify as it has black
(sometimes green spots over the body and head. The spotting will differ from
cresty to cresty some being different colours and some having more or less
spots.








Pinstripe


This morph is identified by the light coloured stripes along
the lateral crests, beginning at the head and running to the base of the tail.





Partial Pinstripe


Geckos with pinstripes that do not include all the crest
scales are considered to be “partial” pinstripes, and are signified using the
percentage system such as 75%, 90%, 99%, etc.


Reverse Pinstripe


Another variation is called the reverse pinstripe, which
comes about due to the dark lines running the length of the crest scales.








Tiger/Brindle


Tiger morphs have a light background colour which is layered
with darker lines. The whole of the gecko is usually the one colour aside from
the darker lines.





A Brindle is similar to a tiger but is almost like an
extreme form. The Brindles will have the same colours except they will be more
intense. The dark bands in brindles tend to be closer together than with the
tiger morph, and also the pattern tends to include the head as well unlike the
tiger morph.








Flame/Fire


A flame is considered to be an almost simple form of the
harlequin morph; however it is not always that simple to separate the 2. Here
are some ways that can be used to categorize them (diagram in previous post
will help)


On the head and along the middle of the back (Zone B), fire
crested geckos have a light ground coloration streaked with darker pattern.
Along the sides, just outside the lateral crests (Zone C), is usually a strip
of solid colour of the same shade as the dark patterning in the mid-dorsal
area. Below that zone, the solid dark background colour is broken up by
light-coloured patches extending up from the ventral area. Classic ‘fire’ type
crested geckos have a neatly defined light coloured head and mid-dorsal area
that contrast sharply with the background colour and solid coloured limbs.


The following two geckos would be considered Flame crested
geckos, with the one on the bottom fitting the “classic” explanation perfectly.
These are sometimes confused for chevron-backs, but their light coloured heads
and overall light backs signify flame.











Harlequin


The harlequin morph is basically a flame morph but with more
patterns across the body and limbs. Normal harlequins seem to have just as much
pattern as they do basal coloration.





In recent years, people have been referring to the highest
quality harlequins as being “Extreme Harlequins”. Again, there is no clear definition
for this gradation of pattern, but it would seem safe to call a harlequin an
“extreme” if a huge percentage of the body was patterned…say 85-90%.
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Re: Crested Gecko Morphs

Post by xvickyx on Wed May 19, 2010 2:43 am

Awesome, thanks mate Wink

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Re: Crested Gecko Morphs

Post by Laura_28_06 on Wed May 19, 2010 10:27 am

cheers guys Smile the pics really help, think mine are both harlequins?!

probably wrong though lol
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Re: Crested Gecko Morphs

Post by Crestie Chris on Wed May 19, 2010 10:34 am

Hi Laura, to me it looks like the one on the left is a harly and the one on the right is a flame Wink

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Re: Crested Gecko Morphs

Post by ninjaaa23 on Wed May 19, 2010 10:37 am

Crestie Chris wrote:Hi Laura, to me it looks like the one on the left is a harly and the one on the right is a flame Wink

I second this

and they are both FAB
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Re: Crested Gecko Morphs

Post by Laura_28_06 on Wed May 19, 2010 10:47 am

yay knew someone could correct me Smile however i did actually think that Frankie could be a flame after posting lol

cheers Ninjaaa, i luffs them lots I love you
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Re: Crested Gecko Morphs

Post by xvickyx on Fri May 28, 2010 3:10 pm

Crestie Chris wrote:Hi Laura, to me it looks like the one on the left is a harly and the one on the right is a flame Wink

Awwwww I love flames, think my 2 are flames Smile

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Re: Crested Gecko Morphs

Post by frogecko on Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:13 pm

I am a newbie. This description helped me a lot, but I still feel confused. I think I have a Harlequin, perhaps Dalmation. His body color gets really dark at times. Whatever I LOVE him and I think he is very handsome!! Please help me be sure!

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Re: Crested Gecko Morphs

Post by wimommy2boys on Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:58 pm

I am a newbie. I think i have a Dalmation and a Creamsicle. I will attach some pics here. I just got them today and am super What a Face excited about it. They are SO adorable! I love you I have been waiting about 6 months to get them.



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Re: Crested Gecko Morphs

Post by Bob_Ayr on Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:01 am

BEAUTIFUL! Kepe the pics coming! ;-)

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