Evolution of a mimicry supergene from a multilocus architecture.

@article{Jones2011EvolutionOA,
  title={Evolution of a mimicry supergene from a multilocus architecture.},
  author={Robert T. Jones and Patricio Alejandro Salazar and Richard H. ffrench-Constant and Chris D. Jiggins and Mathieu Joron},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={279 1727},
  pages={
          316-25
        }
}
The origin and evolution of supergenes have long fascinated evolutionary biologists. In the polymorphic butterfly Heliconius numata, a supergene controls the switch between multiple different forms, and results in near-perfect mimicry of model species. Here, we use a morphometric analysis to quantify the variation in wing pattern observed in two broods of H. numata with different alleles at the supergene locus, 'P'. Further, we genotype the broods to associate the variation we capture with… CONTINUE READING

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