Shiro Bekko are a white skinned Koi with a black stepping stone pattern. The sumi (black) pattern on the Shiro Bekko should be balanced and have sharp edges. Having a hard time telling the difference between a Shiro Bekko and a Shiro Utsuri? Shiro Utsuri have large bands of black while Shiro Bekko have only small patches of color.
The sumi may change as the fish grows.
Be careful when selecting a Shiro Bekko, look for any small black dots, these will only get worse as the Koi ages. If you have the chance, see if you can find a older brother or sister to the Koi that you are looking at and then study it to see how it has developed.
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