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Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp 127–130 | Cite as

The Parthenogenetic Rock Lizard Lacerta unisexualis: An Example of Limited Genetic Polymorphism

  • Jinzhong  Fu
  • Ross D.  MacCulloch
  • Robert W.  Murphy
  • Ilya S.  Darevsky
  • Larissa A.  Kupriyanova
  • Felix  Danielyan

Abstract.

Protein electrophoresis of Lacerta unisexualis from three populations found that 21 of 36 allozyme loci were homozygous, while 14 expressed fixed heterozygotes and one locus was variable. Three clones were detected at the locus Cat-A. Two individuals represent two rare clones while all others form a common clone. Our favored explanation is the mutation of a preexisting common clone rather than multiple origins.

Key words: Allozyme electrophoresis — Clonal variation —Lacerta unisexualis— Parthenogenesis — Unisexuality 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jinzhong  Fu
    • 1
  • Ross D.  MacCulloch
    • 1
  • Robert W.  Murphy
    • 1
  • Ilya S.  Darevsky
    • 2
  • Larissa A.  Kupriyanova
    • 2
  • Felix  Danielyan
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6, CanadaCA
  2. 2.Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg 119034, RussiaRU
  3. 3.Faculty of Biology, Yerevan State University, 375000 Yerevan, ArmeniaAM

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