Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 431–433 | Cite as

Absence of repetitive DNA sequences associated with sex chromosomes in natural populations of the Trinidad guppy (Poecilia reticulata)

  • Kelly Hornaday
  • Stephen Alexander
  • Felix Breden


The genus Poecilia has been widely studied as a model for the evolution of sex chromosomes. In the course of molecular studies on population genetic structure and sexual selection in the Trinidad guppy, we examined our preparations for male-linked, repetitive DNA polymorphisms. We have not obtained any evidence of male-specific polymorphisms, in contrast to an earlier study. Our results have significant implications for theories on the evolution of sex chromosomes.

Key words

Chromosomal sex determination Heterochromatin DNA fingerprinting Repeated DNA sequences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kelly Hornaday
    • 1
  • Stephen Alexander
    • 1
  • Felix Breden
    • 2
  1. 1.GDivision of Biological SciencesUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesSimon Fraser UniversityBurnaby, B.C.Canada

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