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Robertsonian Translocations and B Chromosomes in the Wellington Tree Weta, Hemideina Crassidens (Orthoptera: Anostostomatidae)

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  • Mary Morgan-Richards

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    1. Department of Zoology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
      Mary Morgan-Richards, Department of Zoology, University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand. E-mail: mary.morgan-richards@stonebow.otago.ac.nz
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Mary Morgan-Richards, Department of Zoology, University of Otago, P.O. Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand. E-mail: mary.morgan-richards@stonebow.otago.ac.nz

Abstract

Two karyotypes within the species Hemideina crassidens are described, 2n = 15 (XO) and 2n = 19 (XO). These two karyotypes have a NF of 28. The 19-karyotype was found exclusively in the southern part of the species range and the 15-karyotype was found in the north. The differences between the two karyotypes are interpreted as arising from two Robertsonian translocations (fission/fusion). Laboratory matings between weta with the two karyotypes produced viable offspring. During meiosis in F1 intraspecific hybrids metacentric and acrocentric autosomes aligned to form two trivalents, confirming homologies predicted by Robertsonian translocations. The subspecies H. c. crassicruris, (confined to Stephens Island) was found to be polymorphic for a metacentric B chromosome. An unusual association of sex and presence of B chromosome was observed in this island population with Bs found only in male weta.

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