Russian Journal of Genetics

, Volume 46, Issue 12, pp 1455–1461 | Cite as

A study of inheritance of white spots on the shell of Littorina obtusata (Gastropoda, Prosobranchia)

  • E. V. KozminskiiEmail author
  • P. A. Lezin
  • M. V. Fokin
Animal Genetics


The hypothesis on monogenic inheritance of white spot pattern on the shell of the gastropod snail Littorina obtusata was tested. Although in most cases our results did not contradict this assumption, the hypothesis cannot explain the observed segregation in general. An alternative hypothesis was suggested, according to which the presence of spot pattern is controlled by two complementary biallelic genes.


Land Snail Multiple Paternity Spot Pattern Shell Diameter Male Genotype 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Belomorskaya Biological Station, Zoological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia

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