Interspecific allelism and maternal effect of eye color in spider mites

Dana L. Wrensch, Michael P. Murtaugh

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Studies of interspecific hybridization between red-eyed Tetranychus cinnabarinus and white-eyed T. urticae (albino) revealed two phenotypic classes of progeny in the F4. Interspecific allelism was demonstrated by the dominance of the red-eye gene, A′, from T. cinnabarinus over the a allele from T. urticae. A maternal effect was characterized by partial pigmentation of the eyes of homo- and hemizygous albino progeny from a heterozygous redeyed F3female fertilized by an albino brother.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-330
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Heredity
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1977


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