REMARKABLE HYBRID ANIMALS
Added on: 5th Oct 2016
BLOOD PARROT CICHLID
Also known as parrot cichlid and bloody parrot, the blood
parrot cichlid is a hybrid of the midas, a large cichlid fish
endemic to Costa Rica and Nicaragua and the readhead cichlid.
As this hybrid has various anatomical deformities including a
very small mouth opening that makes the fish vulnerable
to malnutrition, controversy exists over the ethics of
creating this fish.
The mulard (or moulard) is a domestic duck hybrid of Pekin
and muscovy ducks. Commercially produced on farms for
meat and foie gras, the mulard is not just a hybrid between
different species, but even between different genera. Mulards
can be created by mating male muscovies with female pekins,
but mostly, they are produced by artificial insemination.
Also known as shoat, the geep is the hybrid offspring of a
sheep and a goat. Although these two species seem similar
and can be mated, they belong to different genera in the
subfamily Caprinae of the family Bovidae. Despite widespread
shared pasturing of goats and sheep, hybrids are very rare
and the offspring of a sheep-goat pairing is usually stillborn.
BLACK-TIP HYBRID SHARK
Just a few years ago, the very first hybrid shark was discovered
in Australian waters. A combination of Australian black-tip shark
and its global counterpart, the common black-tip shark, the
hybrid shark appears to be a strong and robust shark. Scientists
suggest the two species might have interbred to gain
better adaption skills.
Interspecific hybridization has been confirmed between the black
and the white rhinoceros. New studies suggest it is possible
that these species are kept separate by geographical
boundaries rather than genetic differences. Native to Africa,
the black rhino is classified as critically endangered and three
of its subspecies were already declared extinct.
Some kangaroo hybrids between similar species have been
achieved by housing males of one species and females
of the other together to limit the choice of mate. To create a
natural macropod hybrid, young animals of one species have
been transferred to the pouch of another so as to imprint into
them the other species. This hybrid was created by mixing
the Red Kangaroo and the Great Grey Kangaroo.
Killer bees were created in an attempt to breed tamer and
more manageable bees. This was done by crossing the
European honey bee and the African bee, but instead the
offspring became even more aggressive and highly defensive
bees which escaped into the wild in Brazil in 1957. Since then,
they have spread throughout all South, Central and North America.
Hybrid iguana is a hybrid resulting from natural interbreeding
between male marine iguanas and female land iguanas
since the late 2000’s. The marine iguana is an iguana found
only on the Galapagos Islands that has the ability, unique
among modern lizards, to forage in the sea, making
it the only extant marine reptile.