Hypomelanistic dragons tend have much more brilliant coloration than their non-hypo brethren because they display the color characteristics of a very special gene which reduces the amount of dark pigment (also called melanin - hence hypo-melanistic) in their scale and skin color patterns. One of the main markers of a hypomelanistic bearded dragon is the absence of the dark line of pigment that other bearded dragons have down the length of their nails. Hypo dragons have all clear nails. Another recognizable trait of a hypo dragon is a slightly lighter color to their normally dark colored shoulder pads. Hypomelanism is a recessive gene trait which means a bearded dragon must recieve a copy of the gene from both of its parents in order to display visual characteristics of the gene. All of our hypos carry both copies of the gene. Our het hypos carry only one copy of the gene and so do not display the trait visually, although if they were bred to another bearded dragon either displaying or carrying the trait some or all of the two dragons offspring would display the hypomelanistic trait.