Gene flow despite complex Robertsonian fusions among rock-wallaby (Petrogale) species
Sally Potter, Craig Moritz, Mark D. B. Eldridge
Published 7 October 2015.DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0731
Complex Robertsonian rearrangements, with shared arms in different fusions, are expected to prevent gene flow between hybrids through missegregation during meiosis. Here, we estimate gene flow between recently diverged and chromosomally diverse rock-wallabies (Petrogale) to test for this form of chromosomal speciation. Contrary to expectations, we observe relatively high admixture among species with complex fusions. Our results reinforce the need to consider alternative roles of chromosome change, together with genic divergence, in driving speciation.
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