Genetical variation in three Pacific House mouse (Mus musculus) populations
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 193, Issue 3, pages 391–404, March 1981
How to Cite
Berry, R. J., Sage, R. D., Lidicker, W. Z. and Jackson, W. B. (1981), Genetical variation in three Pacific House mouse (Mus musculus) populations. Journal of Zoology, 193: 391–404. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1981.tb03452.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 8 April 1980
Studies of allozymic variation at 36 loci in samples of House mouse (Mus musculus) populations collected from the island of Hawaii and two islets in the Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands are reported. All three populations carried a great deal of inherited variation: the Hawaiian sample had a mean heterozygosity of 16.6% per locus, which is the highest value so far found for a mouse population. The mean heterozygosities for the two atoll populations were 11.4% and 10.9%.
There were no changes in either heterozygosity or allozyme frequencies with age. In this respect, these populations from the tropical Pacific differed from populations living in cold temperate regions where natural selection has been shown to affect allele frequencies in different ways at different stages of the life cycle.