Did you ever dream of having your own Mudkip? Well, sadly, real Pokémon do not exist, but there’s one little amphibian that the meme-worthy Mudkip is based on — the axolotl. And luckily enough, there’s a wide variety of axolotl morphs out there, each more adorable than the last.
So, which particular type of axolotl should you choose from? We’ve got a handy list for you right here!
Common Axolotl Morphs
Leucistic axolotls are usually pink or white, with dark navy or black eyes. In addition, depending on where we keep them or what genetics they have, these axolotl morphs may or may not develop freckles.
A wild type axolotl has nearly every color you can imagine, from black to green and brown. It also spots black eyes with golden rings around each pupil, as well as greyish-purple gills.
As its name suggests this axolotl type has a gold-hued body. In addition, it sports shiny patches all over its body, clear eyes, and gills the color of a ripe peach. Despite being an albino, it doesn’t have pure white skin, but its albinism does show in other areas. For example, it doesn’t have black eyes like other axolotl morphs, and the golden hue is the result of a lack of melanophores.
White albino axolotls actually have proper, complete albinism. You can have your very own little aquatic wonder with clear, pale skin and transparent eyes. However, albino axolotl morphs can actually develop black fingertips when they reach sexual maturity, making them appear dirty.
If white and golden albino axolotl morphs have a lack of melanophores, Melanoids have it in spades. This type of axolotl is almost all black, with no shiny pigments. They look like wild axolotls, but with a less diverse color palette.
Uncommon Axolotl Morphs
Green Fluorescent Protein or GFP
GFP axolotls didn’t naturally develop. Rather, scientists would inject the protein into their bodies in order to make them glow. And after these GFP cuties started breeding, they transferred this fluorescent trait to their offspring.
The golden rule of GFP axolotls is simple: the more pigments they have, the weaker their glow will be. That’s why albino GFP axolotls shine brighter than melanoids or wild types.
Copper types are really a form of albino axolotls, but with reddish eyes and copper-colored spots all over their bodies. And just like with albinos, their skin doesn’t have any dark pigments.
Rare Axolotl Morphs
Mosaic axolotls are a result of two cells forming in development, and then the resulting organism shows the phenotype of both of those cells. These morphs have two distinct colors mixed in a mosaic-like pattern and are extremely rare.
Chimeras are born in a similar way to mosaics, but their two colors are evenly split down the middle. For example, one half of the axolotl’s body will be black, while the other one would show signs of albinism.
Both chimeras and mosaics are technically a genetic accident. We cannot replicate them through breeding, and the chances of either being born are extremely small. In addition, mosaics are usually infertile, so they won’t be able to breed anyway.
Piebalds are essentially leucistic axolotl morphs, but with a particular pigment placement. Namely, they will have dark patches of skin all over the face, down their backs, and along their sides. More often than not, they are thought of as leucistics with a ‘dirty face’. And unlike mosaics and chimeras, their pigmentation can be inherited.
Also known as the lavender axolotl, this type is so rare that we still don’t know much about it. Supposedly, it can only be found in the United States. It gets the creative name from its Dalmatian-like body, with lavender skin and dark spots all over it.
A result of genetic grafting, firefly axolotls have a tail that has a different color than the rest of the body. They are extremely rare and you would have to shell out at least $250 to get one.
As its name suggests, not much is known about this axolotl morph. All we do know is that an American hobbyist is currently breeding it.
Yes, there are so many cute and awesome axolotl morphs to choose from! And some are rarer than others, it seems. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if your axolotl of choice is an albino or a chimera. You’re still guaranteed to get an adorable amphibian that’s easy to raise and, more importantly, looks stunning.