The first cytogenetic characterization of atemnids: Pseudoscorpions with the highest chromosome numbers (Arachnida: Pseudoscorpiones)

F. Stahlavsky, J. Král, M. S. Harvey, C. R. Haddad

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Abstract

The karyotypes of pseudoscorpions of the family Atemnidae (Arachnida: Pseudoscorpiones) were studied for the first time. Karyotype data for 7 species have been obtained. The diploid chromosome numbers of most species considerably exceed the numbers reported in pseudoscorpions so far, with males ranging between 65 and 143. In spite of this, the sex chromosome system of atemnids is characterized by the same features that are found in the majority of other pseudoscorpions with an X0 system; the X chromosome is metacentric and is the largest chromosome or one of the largest chromosomes of the karyotype. Male meiotic cells of Atemnus politus contain 1 or 2 autosome multivalents; most specimens had 2 multivalents. The multivalents were composed of 4, 6, 8 or 10 chromosomes. Multivalent number and structure was consistent within each of the studied individuals. The same number of chromosomes in all of the males examined suggests that multivalents are generated by reciprocal translocations. The high diversity of multivalents suggests considerable range of translocation heterozygosity in the studied population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-30
Number of pages9
JournalCytogenetic and Genome Research
Volume137
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes

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