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Distribution and stability of supernumerary microchromosomes in natural populations of the Amazon molly, Poecilia formosa.


Lamatsch, D K; Nanda, I; Schlupp, I; Epplen, J T; Schmid, M; Schartl, M (2004). Distribution and stability of supernumerary microchromosomes in natural populations of the Amazon molly, Poecilia formosa. Cytogenetic and Genome Research, 106(2-4):189-194.

Abstract

In animals, supernumerary chromosomes and their evolution have mostly been studied in sexual reproducing species. In the present study, for the first time, the natural distribution and stability of supernumerary microchromosomes were investigated in the unisexual fish species Poecilia formosa. Natural habitats throughout the range of P. formosa were screened for the presence of microchromosomes over several years. A high frequency of microchromosomes was found in the Río Purificación river system. Evidence points to the presence of the same microchromosome lineage over many generations. No supernumerary chromosomes were found elsewhere than in the Río Purificación representing a significant difference in the distribution of microchromosome-bearing individuals between the Río Purificación and all other collection sites.

In animals, supernumerary chromosomes and their evolution have mostly been studied in sexual reproducing species. In the present study, for the first time, the natural distribution and stability of supernumerary microchromosomes were investigated in the unisexual fish species Poecilia formosa. Natural habitats throughout the range of P. formosa were screened for the presence of microchromosomes over several years. A high frequency of microchromosomes was found in the Río Purificación river system. Evidence points to the presence of the same microchromosome lineage over many generations. No supernumerary chromosomes were found elsewhere than in the Río Purificación representing a significant difference in the distribution of microchromosome-bearing individuals between the Río Purificación and all other collection sites.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Zoology (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:2004
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:16
Last Modified:07 Jul 2016 12:55
Publisher:Karger
ISSN:1424-8581
Publisher DOI:10.1159/000079286
PubMed ID:15292590
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-553

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