The molecular basis of an avian plumage polymorphism in the wild A melanocortin-1-receptor point mutation is perfectly associated with the melanic plumage morph of the bananaquit, Coereba flaveola

@article{Theron2001TheMB,
  title={The molecular basis of an avian plumage polymorphism in the wild A melanocortin-1-receptor point mutation is perfectly associated with the melanic plumage morph of the bananaquit, Coereba flaveola},
  author={E. Theron and K. Hawkins and E. Bermingham and R. Ricklefs and N. Mundy},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2001},
  volume={11},
  pages={550-557}
}
BACKGROUND Evolution depends on natural selection acting on phenotypic variation, but the genes responsible for phenotypic variation in natural populations of vertebrates are rarely known. The molecular genetic basis for plumage color variation has not been described in any wild bird. Bananaquits (Coereba flaveola) are small passerine birds that occur as two main plumage variants, a widespread yellow morph with dark back and yellow breast and a virtually all black melanic morph. A candidate… Expand
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