Page revised October 12 - 2000
Since symbols should be short to be useful and should not attempt to indicate all known information about a gene, a total of two characters to designate gene names is optimal; it is recommended that no more than three characters be used.
Based on classical genetic guidelines, gene symbols always are italicized in articles.
The allele symbols should be limited to four characters, with an optimum of two characters.
Capital letters and lowercase letters or Arabic numerals in any order should be used.
Since it is not possible to print superscripts in E-mails we should like to propose the following solution.
The allele characters used in E-mails should be separated from the locus characters by a new symbol --the asterisk-- which serves to combine gene and allele symbols.
The asterisk preceding a symbol indicates that it is an allele of a gene. Likewise, an asterisk following a symbol indicates that it is a gene.
dil*gw, dil*cw (for alleles at the dilute locus in Budgerigars)
Printing gene and allele symbols in articles.
The allele symbol may convey additional information. The first allele in a series may be designated with an Arabic numeral or combinations of upper- or lowercase letters and Arabic numerals.
For optimal usage, allele symbols should be brief and need not summarize all information known about their genetic specificy.
The genotype of an Agapornis roseicollis heterozygous at the bl locus, homozygous at the dil locus, and heterozygous at the s locus (all unlinked loci are separated by a semicolon; see below):
bl+ / bl cf; dil / dil; s+ / s
Lovebirds should be referred to by their Latin names.
The wildtype is considered to be the light green and vice versa.
The wildtype including one dark factor is called dark green.
The wildtype including two dark factors is called olive green.
The wildtype with complete loss of yellow psittacin is called sky blue.
The wildtype with complete loss of yellow psittacin plus one dark factor is called cobalt.
The wildtype with complete loss of yellow psittacin plus two dark factors is called mauve.
The wildtype with complete loss of eumelanin in feathers, eyes, legs and toes is called a NSL (Non Sex Linked) or SL (Sex Linked) lutino.
The wildtype with complete loss of eumelanin in feathers, eyes, legs and toes including complete loss of yellow psittacin in feathers is called a NSL (Non Sex Linked) albino or SL (Sex Linked) albino.
In general we should refer to such birds as NSL or SL inos.
SF and DF indicate single factor and double factor with respect to dominant mutations.
The abbreviation must be placed immediately prior to the mutation name it refers to.
The wildtype has black pigmented eyes, however, several eye colour mutants have been recognized in psittacine birds.
Dark (brown) eyes in cinnamons
Brown iris instead of white (yet to be investigated in Budgerigars)
Blue eyes (reported in Budgerigars , Cockatiels and Indian Ringnecks)
Plum eyes in recessive pieds
Ruby eyes in some fallow types
Red or pink eyes in fallows and inos
Dark or wine red in some fallow types
Several options for naming pigment diluting loci and alleles.
Definitions for the several Fallow mutations in excistance.
Fallow mutations are pigment diluting mutations which must be classified as albinism.
(i) Eye colour in fallows is always affected, in some types severe in other types limited but visible.
(ii)Skin colour in fallows is albinotic or at least pink(ish)
(iii)Their inheritance is always autosomal recessive
Dense pigmentation = Pigment granules are deposited individually but in dense masses in the feather barbs.
Dilute pigmentation = Pigment granules are deposited in clusters in feather barbs often alternated with macro melanin globules.
 Royan Webb, (personal communication)