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Behavioural divergences between mosquitoes with different inversion karyotypes in polymorphic populations of the Anopheles gambiae complex

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STUDIES of the polytene chromosomes of the mosquitoes of the Anopheles gambiae complex have revealed fixed rearrangements based on paracentric inversions between all the six sibling species and inversion polymorphisms at the intraspecific level1–5. Inversion polymorphisms involve mainly chromosome arm 2R and are particularly frequent in the species formerly designated as A and B for which the names An. gambiae Giles, 1902 and An. arabiensis Patton, 1905 have been proposed6. These are the most ecologically adaptable members of the complex and the most important medically7. They are sympatric over the greater part of the African savannas. We report here on relationships between the behaviour of these mosquitoes and their inversion polymorphism.

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  1. Istituto di Parassitologia, Citta Universitaria

    • MARIO COLUZZI
    • , ADRIANA SABATINI
    • , VINCENZO PETRARCA
    •  & MARIA ANGELA DI DECO
  2. Laboratori di Parassitologia, Istituto Superiore di Sanita, Roma, Italy

    • MARIO COLUZZI
    • , ADRIANA SABATINI
    • , VINCENZO PETRARCA
    •  & MARIA ANGELA DI DECO

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