The chromosomes of two species of subterranean insectivores belonging to the African endemic family Chrysochloridae were investigated, namely Amblysomus hottentotus (A. Smith 1829) and A. iris Thomas and Schwann 1905. The diploid numbers are 2n = 32 and 2n = 34 respectively. The C- and NOR-band patterns were also investigated. The relation between fossoriality and chromosome evolution was also discussed.
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The authors thank Professor ].A.]. Meester for comments on the identification of Amblysomus iris, L. Maggini for laboratory assistance and A. Duckwort and R. Nanni for collection of specimens. The authors acknowledge the financial support of the «Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche» (E. Capanna), the «Foundation for Research Development» (G. Hickmann) and «Ancel-Teicher Research Foundation for Genetics and Molecular Evolution» and the Israeli Discount Bank (E. Nevo).
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Animal Science and Zoology