Bilateral colour asymmetry
bring at FREENET.TLH.FL.US
Wed Oct 23 22:00:20 EST 1996
Check to see if it is heritable first.
Brian Ring @ the bio zoo
Bio Unit 1
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Fla. 32306-2043
bring at freenet1.scri.fsu.edu
bring at bio.fsu.edu
On Tue, 22 Oct 1996, Geoff Ralling wrote:
> Date: Tue, 22 Oct 1996 11:20:49 GMT
> From: Geoff Ralling <ralling at UPEI.CA>
> To: dros at net.bio.net
> Subject: Bilateral colour asymmetry
> I believe this group might be able to answer my questions about an unusual
> lobster since drosophila types are interested in genes for body symmetry.
> I work at the University of Prince Edward Island which houses the Atlantic
> Veterinary College. In one of the student demonstration tanks is an Atlantic
> Lobster which shows complete bilateral colour asymmetry. I have two questions:
> What sort of mutation would cause this? I can only think of a somatic
> mutation in a colour gene occuring early in the development of the embryo.
> Can someone support this or suggest an alternative?
> Has anyone ever heard of or seen such a thing in any animal? This
> creature is wild-type colour on the RHS and bright red on the LHS with a razor
> sharp line down its midline dividing left and right. Bright red colour
> mutants are occasionally caught around here but this left-right asymmetrical
> is in my view spectacular. It hasn't seemed to impress anyone else though.
> Thanks for any insights. Hope this is an appropriate group.
> Geoff Ralling
> University of Prince Edward Island
> ralling at upei.ca
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