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Comparative study of G- and C-banded chromosomes of five species of Microtidae

  • M. Burgos
  • R. Jiménez
  • R. Diaz de la Guardia


G-banded karyotypes were compared in the following species of Microtidae: Microtus nivalis; M. cabrerae; M. arvalis and Arvicola sapidus. Previous observations on A. sapidus and A. terrestris (Díaz de la Guardia & Pretel, Caryologia 32: 183–189, 1979) were also incorporated in this study. The results show that Robertsonian translocations and pericentric inversions are common mechanisms involved in the karyotypic evolution of this group. Interspecific differences in C-banding patterns were also analyzed. Using the karyograph method (Imai et al., Am. Nat. 121: 477–488, 1983), the evolutionary distances of the karyotypes were estimated, and an attempt was made to establish a presumptive phylogenetic tree.


Phylogenetic Tree Common Mechanism Evolutionary Distance Interspecific Difference Pericentric Inversion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Burgos
    • 1
  • R. Jiménez
    • 1
  • R. Diaz de la Guardia
    • 1
  1. 1.Departmento de Genética, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain

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