Inheritance of white head spotting in natural populations of South American water rat (Nectomys squamipes Rodentia: Sigmodontinae)

J Hered. 2004 Jan-Feb;95(1):76-80. doi: 10.1093/jhered/esh002.


Specimens with white head spots are present at low frequency in the natural populations of South American water rat (Nectomys squamipes) and absent in the sibling species Nectomys rattus. We analyzed the pattern of inheritance of the phenotype using complex segregation analysis of pedigrees of a captive-bred population of N. squamipes. We found that the inheritance of the white head spot in this species can be described within the framework of the major gene recessive model with incomplete penetrance of genotypes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Wild / genetics*
  • Female
  • Gene Frequency
  • Genotype
  • Male
  • Multifactorial Inheritance / genetics
  • Muridae / genetics*
  • Pedigree
  • Phenotype
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • Rats
  • South America