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Homogamy in a hybrid zone in the alpine grasshopper Podisma pedestris

Abstract

Females of the grasshopper Podisima pedestris were collected from the middle of a hybrid zone between two chromosomal races in the Alpes Maritimes. They had already mated in the field, and could therefore lay fertilised eggs in the laboratory. The embryos were karyotyped, and found to contain an excess of chromosomal homozygotes. No evidence of assortative mating was found from copulating pairs taken in the field. The excess appears to have been caused by a combination of multiple insemination and assortative fertilisation. The genetics of the assortment, and the implications for the evolution of reproductive isolation are discussed.

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Hewitt, G., Nichols, R. & Barton, N. Homogamy in a hybrid zone in the alpine grasshopper Podisma pedestris. Heredity 59, 457–466 (1987). https://doi.org/10.1038/hdy.1987.156

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