Journal article

Comparative population genetics of a mimicry locus among hybridizing Heliconius butterfly species

NL Chamberlain, RI Hill, SW Baxter, CD Jiggins, MR Kronforst

HEREDITY | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2011

Abstract

The comimetic Heliconius butterfly species pair, H. erato and H. melpomene, appear to use a conserved Mendelian switch locus to generate their matching red wing patterns. Here we investigate whether H. cydno and H. pachinus, species closely related to H. melpomene, use this same switch locus to generate their highly divergent red and brown color pattern elements. Using an F2 intercross between H. cydno and H. pachinus, we first map the genomic positions of two novel red/brown wing pattern elements; the G locus, which controls the presence of red vs brown at the base of the ventral wings, and the Br locus, which controls the presence vs absence of a brown oval pattern on the ventral hind wing..

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