Biochemical Genetics

, Volume 18, Issue 1–2, pp 39–49 | Cite as

Biochemical markers in a species endangered by introgression: The red wolf

  • Robert E. Ferrell
  • Donald C. Morizot
  • Jacqueline Horn
  • Curtis J. Carley
Article

Abstract

The red wolf (Canis rufus), native to much of the southeastern United States, is endangered by man's activities and by hybridization with other species of the genus Canis. The absence of diagnostic morphological markers to distinguish the red wolf from its hybrids has led to the application of the methods of biochemical genetics to this problem. The finding of a unique electrophoretically determined allele with a distribution congruent with the geographical distribution of the remaining red wolf population is reported.

Key words

Canis polymorphism hybridization 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert E. Ferrell
    • 1
  • Donald C. Morizot
    • 1
  • Jacqueline Horn
    • 1
  • Curtis J. Carley
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Demographic and Population GeneticsUniversity of Texas Health Science CenterHouston
  2. 2.U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceAlbuquerque New Mexico

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