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

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.

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This research was supported by NIH Public Health Service Grants GM 19513 and CA 19311 and by the State of Texas.

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Ferrell, R.E., Morizot, D.C., Horn, J. et al. Biochemical markers in a species endangered by introgression: The red wolf. Biochem Genet 18, 39–49 (1980). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00504358

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Key words

  • Canis
  • polymorphism
  • hybridization