Chinchillas.com would like to thank everyone who suggested names for the curly chinchillas. Many excellent, imaginative and educated entries were submitted from around the globe.
The winning name is Locken!
The Locken mutation is an ebony-linked mutation. However, we did not include reference to the ebony color in the name because of naming confusion within the hybrids. For example, if we called the gene Lockig Ebonhoz (curly ebony), the name would not fit well for ebony hybrids such as the curly tan. But, because this gene does have a color link, 'Locken' gives it the distinction of being a specific curly gene (this particular curly gene from Germany), and also fits well with the naming of hybrids, i.e. TOV Ebony Locken, Tan Locken, White Mosaic Royal Persian Angora Locken, etc... Additionally, the name Locken has already been adopted in parts of Germany, and using the same name in the US gives the mutation more global consistancy, and also acknowledges the origin of the mutation.
The Locken curly gene is a color-dependent gene. Therefore, a name that applies to color-independent curly genes in other animal breeds, like Suri or Rex, though possibly appropriate for a future color-independent curly mutation in chinchillas, is probably not the best name for this particular ebony-linked curly gene.
Congratulations Del D. from the USA!
The 'Black Diamond' entry from Hong Kong was a close contender. The name is imaginative, and compatible with other chinchilla mutation names of the past. However, due to the possibility of creating genotype confusion with the already named Blue Diamond hybrid, or with the Blue Diamond herd, we decided against 'Black Diamond.' But the name was an excellent suggestion and would have been very appropriate for a chinchilla mutation. We would like to acknowledge the Hong Kong entry for their very good suggestion:
And last, the ‘Furled’ entry from the USA was another close entry. The name, meaning to curl or roll was imaginative, easy to pronounce and fitting:
To view all participating entries click here.
Thanks again, to everyone who helped name the curly chinchillas!
The following prize was awarded to the winner:
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