The Alpaca Colour Key describes the inheritance of coat colour in alpacas, which have the widest range of colours of any fibre producing animal. It contains notes on basic biology and genetics, fibre structure and the pigmentation process.
The body of the book presents an explanation of the fascinating colour patterns found in alpacas. including rarer colours such as grey, blue eyed white and spotted patterns; and the probable colour outcomes of matings between alpacas of both the same and different colours.
Elizabeth Paul has been al alpaca breeder since 1998, with a special interest in breeding for greys. As a biologist she has been able to delve deeper into the mysteries of coat colour inheritance. A large part of her research has involved examining the annual breeding results from the Australian herd, and she dreated the seminar entitled The Alpaca Colour Key, to explain those results in more detail.
She has presented this seminar to many alpaca breeders in two countries, and her notes and articles on coat colour inheritance have a worldwide distribution in the alpaca breeding community.