Butterfly wing pattern mutants: developmental heterochrony and co-ordinately regulated phenotypes

  title={Butterfly wing pattern mutants: developmental heterochrony and co-ordinately regulated phenotypes},
  author={P. Bernhardt Koch and Udo Lorenz and Paul Martin Brakefield and Richard H. ffrench-Constant},
  journal={Development Genes and Evolution},
Butterfly wings are colored late in development, when pigments are synthesized in specialized wing scale cells in a fixed developmental succession. In this succession, colored pigments are deposited first and the remaining areas are later melanized black or brown. Here we studied the developmental changes underlying two wing pattern mutants, firstly melanic mutants of the swallowtail Papilio glaucus, in which the yellow background is turned black, and secondly a Spotty mutant of the satyrid… CONTINUE READING
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