Comparative cytogenetics of the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and Asiatic elephant (Elephas maximus)

  title={Comparative cytogenetics of the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and Asiatic elephant (Elephas maximus)},
  author={Marlys L. Houck and Arlene T. Kumamoto and D.S. Gallagher Jr. and Kurt Benirschke},
  journal={Cytogenetic and Genome Research},
  pages={249 - 252}
G- and C-banded karyotypes of the two extant species of the mammalian order Proboscidea are presented for the first time. Chromosome complements were 2n = 56 in both Loxodonta africana and Elephas maximus. Comparisons between the species demonstrated a high level of chromosome band homology, with 26 conserved autosomal pairs. The normal diploid karyotype of L. africana had 25 acrocentric/telocentric and two metacentric/submetacentric autosomal pairs. E. maximus differed by having one less… 

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