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, 148 (3677), 1602-3

CHROMOSOMES OF AMERICAN MARSUPIALS

CHROMOSOMES OF AMERICAN MARSUPIALS

J D BIGGERS et al. Science.

Abstract

Studies of the chromosomes of four American marsupials demonstrated that Caluromys derbianus and Marmosa mexicana have a diploid number of 14 chromosomes, and that Philander opossum and Didelphis marsupialis have a diploid number of 22. The karyotypes of C. derbianus and M. mexicana are similar, whereas those of P. opossum and D. marsupialis are dissimilar. If the 14-chromosome karyotype represents a reduction from a primitive number of 22, these observations suggest that the change has occurred independently in the American and Australasian forms.

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