Mutant allele frequencies of domestic cats of western illinois and eastern iowa

T. B. Dunn, K. K. Klein, S. J. Kerr, K. K. Klein

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We found allele frequencies for seven geneloci that determine fefine coat color and length in the domestic cat populations of Clinton and Scott counties in eastern Iowa and Rock Island County in western Illinois, a region known as the Quad Cities area. We bserved 383 cats in this region. Mutant allele frequencies for this region were found to be P(O) = 0.289, q(a) •= 0.776, q(f) = 0.266, q(d) = 0.464, q(l) = 0.512, P(S) = 0.334, P(W) = 0.026, and q(c) = 0.275. Allelic frequencies were compared with ottier midwestern populations, using Nei’s index and Nei’s D. These values indicate a high degree of relatedness among these populations. Calculations of Wright’s F statistic and estimates of population size times migration rate (Nm) among these populations were made from these data. Our results indicate a very high rate of gene flow as expressed by Nm and the likelihood that all these populations are best understood as subsamples of a single, very large panmictic population encompassing the entire Midwest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-335
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Heredity
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1989

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From the Department of Rant Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson (Ray), Biology Department, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau (Gathman), and the U.S. Water Conservation Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Phoenix, Arizona (Thompson). This work was supported by a Cooperative Research Agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Regionai Research Project W-157, and the Southeast Missouri State University Grants and Research Funding Committee. This is Journal paPer no-7014 of the Arizona Agricultural Experiment Station. Address reprint requests to Dr. Ray, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.


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