A Conserved Supergene Locus Controls Colour Pattern Diversity in Heliconius Butterflies

@article{Joron2006ACS,
  title={A Conserved Supergene Locus Controls Colour Pattern Diversity in Heliconius Butterflies},
  author={Mathieu Joron and R. Papa and M. Beltr{\'a}n and N. Chamberlain and J. Mav{\'a}rez and S. Baxter and M. Abanto and E. Bermingham and S. Humphray and J. Rogers and H. Beasley and K. Barlow and Richard H. ffrench-Constant and J. Mallet and W. O. McMillan and C. Jiggins},
  journal={PLoS Biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={4}
}
We studied whether similar developmental genetic mechanisms are involved in both convergent and divergent evolution. Mimetic insects are known for their diversity of patterns as well as their remarkable evolutionary convergence, and they have played an important role in controversies over the respective roles of selection and constraints in adaptive evolution. Here we contrast three butterfly species, all classic examples of Müllerian mimicry. We used a genetic linkage map to show that a locus… Expand
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