Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hybrid "pigoat"

Illustration Friday's topic for the week of Aug. 2 - 8/13 is "Hybrid" 

as suggested by Baris Sehri at:

Lets call this new hybrid a "pigoat".

Hybrid pigs! Pen and ink cartoon by Sandra Santa Lucia for the Banff Crag & Canyon newspaper 3/3/95

 a pig + goat equal a hybrid named "pigoat

Hybrid (biology)

In biology and specifically, genetics, the term hybrid has several meanings, all referring to the offspring of sexual reproduction.[1]
• In general usage, hybrid is synonymous with heterozygous: any offspring resulting from the mating of two genetically distinct individuals
• a genetic hybrid carries two different alleles of the same gene
• a structural hybrid results from the fusion of gametes that have differing structure in at least onechromosome, as a result of structural abnormalities
• a numerical hybrid results from the fusion of gametes having different haploid numbers of chromosomes
• a permanent hybrid is a situation where only the heterozygous genotype occurs, because all homozygous combinations are lethal.
From a taxonomic perspective, hybrid refers to:
• Offspring resulting from the interbreeding between two animals or plants of different species.[2] See also hybrid speciation.
• Hybrids between different subspecies within a species (such as between the Bengal tiger and Siberian tiger) are known as intra-specific hybrids. Hybrids between different species within the same genus (such as between lions and tigers) are sometimes known as interspecific hybrids or crosses. Hybrids between different genera (such as between sheep and goats) are known as intergeneric hybrids. Extremely rare interfamilial hybrids have been known to occur (such as the guineafowl hybrids).[3] No interordinal (between different orders) animal hybrids are known.
• The third type of hybrid consists of crosses between populations, breeds or cultivars within a single species. This meaning is often used in plant and animal breeding, where hybrids are commonly produced and selected because they have desirable characteristics not found or inconsistently present in the parent individuals or populations. This flow of genetic material between populations or races is often called hybridization.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hercules, a "Liger", a Lion/Tiger hybrid
The liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion (Panthera leo) and a tigress (Panthera tigris). Thus, it has parents with the same genus but of different species. It is distinct from the similar hybrid tigon. It is the largest of all known extant felines.
Ligers enjoy swimming, which is a characteristic of tigers, and are very sociable like lions. Ligers exist only in captivity because the habitats of the parental species do not overlap in the wild. Historically, when the Asiatic Lion was prolific, the territories of lions and tigers did overlap and there are legends of ligers existing in the wild.


  1. Anonymous6:20 PM MDT

    That is so amazing, I didn't know that before!


  2. Nor did I, Liger is rather handsome don't you think?


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