Melanism and the melanocortin-1 receptor in three species of sciuridae

Abstract

Sequence variations in the melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) gene are associated with melanism in many different species of mammals, birds and reptiles. The grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), found in the British Isles, was introduced from North America in the late nineteenth century. Melanism in the British grey squirrel is associated with a 24 base pair… (More)

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