International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 541–552 | Cite as

The banded karyotype ofCercopithecus mitis maesi compared with the karyotypes ofC. albogularis samango andC. nictitans stampflii

  • Luca Sineo


The karyotypes ofCercopithecus alcogularis andC. mitis, both with 72 chromosomes, are similar but differ in a numer of rearrangements.C. nicitans (2n=70) andC. mitis karyotypes, even though differing in diploid number, appear to be closely related to each other because of several banding features and especially because they may be linked by a derived complex inversion polymorphism. The results show that chromosomal inversion variants can survive speciation. These results do not support recent chromosomal phylogenetic interpretations which were based on the finding of a diploid number of 2n=70 forC. mitis. The results described here emphasize the use of chromosomal characters in the study of the phylogeny and taxonomy ofCercopithecus.

Key Words

Cercopithecus chromosomal polymorphism cytotaxonomy karyotype 


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  • Luca Sineo
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  1. 1.Institute of AnthropologyUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly

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