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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Cytogenetic analysis of four poison frogs of the Epipedobates genus (Anura : Dendrobatidae)
Author: Aguiar, O
Lima, AP
Giaretta, AA
Recco-Pimentel, SM
Abstract: We determined the overall karyotypic structure, positions of NORs, as well as the distribution of constitutive heterochromatin for Epipedobates flavopictus, E. trivittatus, E. femoralis, and E. hahneli. Despite a conserved chromosome number (2N = 24), morphological differences were seen in the group of small chromosomes. Epipedobates femoralis presented a distinctive karyotype compared to the other species analyzed. All species examined had NORs on different chromosomes. The C-banding pattern showed a considerable variation among the species. Epipedobates flavopictus is remarkably different from the others in possessing only centromeric C-bands. The distribution of heterochromatin varied among species and seems to evolve as a species-specific trait. We suggest that NOR location variability indicates that some rearrangement mechanisms have taken place during the evolutionary history of this group, because Dendrobatidae is considered a monophyletic taxon. We do not discard that some general pattern in either C-band or NOR location, or both, may emerge when more species of this genus are analyzed.
Subject: C-banding
Country: EUA
Editor: Herpetologists League
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1655/0018-0831(2002)058[0293:CAOFPF]2.0.CO;2
Date Issue: 2002
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