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Unprecedented chromosomal diversity and behaviour modify linkage patterns and speciation potential: structural heterozygosity in an Australian spider

Sharp, Hayley; Rowell, David M


The Huntsman spider Delena cancerides shows an extraordinary level of chromosomal diversity and meiotic complexity. Some populations form normal bivalents at male meiosis, but 14 populations form chains of chromosomes. Six of these populations form two chains, and so show segregation behaviour which is beyond our current understanding of meiotic processes. Chromosomal variation of this sort is rarely tolerated in other species, because the segregation of long chromosome chains frequently...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2007.01395.x


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