Cytogenetic studies of Hynobiidae (Urodela) XIX. Morphological variation of sex chromosomes pairing behavior of sex lampbrush chromosomes in Hynobius quelpaertensis (Mori) from Cheju Island, South Korea

Chromosome Res. 2005;13(2):157-67. doi: 10.1007/s10577-005-8036-x.


Using Giemsa staining, C-banding and Ag-NOR staining techniques, we analyzed chromosomes in adult male and female Hynobius quelpaertensis and in embryos of this species in egg sacs collected from eight localities of Cheju Island, South Korea. Chromosome pair 21 was consistently homomorphic in male specimens, while it was heteromorphic in female specimens, suggesting the occurrence of ZZ/ZW sex chromosome constitution in this species. The W chromosome, being much larger than the Z chromosome, was of three morphologically distinct types: WA, WB and WC. Lampbrush chromosomes examined in the oocytes of one female specimen having the WA chromosome showed that the short arm of the WA chromosome and the long arm of the Z chromosome paired closely and hence are genetically homologous. We also tried to analyze the structural relationship among the three types of W chromosomes based on their C-banding and Ag-NOR patterns.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chromosome Banding
  • Cytogenetic Analysis
  • Female
  • Karyotyping
  • Male
  • Sex Chromosomes / genetics*
  • Urodela / embryology
  • Urodela / genetics*