Bandits / Bolds / Hypos / Designers / White & Yellows
Bandit: AKA Bold/Bandit, Jungle Designer. A Bandit is a designer phase gecko with a distinct broad dark band running across the nose area between the nasal openings and the eyes. The rich and lasting black color trait was a random mutation that has been bred here since 1995. For 12 years we selectively bred for reduced head spots resulting in individuals that have 3-4 head markings. This morph has the richest concentration of black pigment as adults than any other morph, which is eye-catching when contrasted with the cream body color. They come mostly in Jungle and Striped patterns. Banded Bandits and Albino Bandits are somewhat rare as of 2012.
The Bandit pattern is a polygenic trait so the best examples need to be bred to each other, and back to the parents, to maintain the desired results. Since this trait is not a true recessive and the fact that Bandit offspring may or may not have the nose banding, such offspring are still considered Bandits and can be called "Bolds" (= Bold Bandits). The Bandits with a nose band may be called Full Mask Bandits.