Comparative linkage maps for the mosquitoes, Aedes albopictus and Ae. aegypti, based on common RFLP loci

Insect Mol Biol. 1995 Feb;4(1):41-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2583.1995.tb00006.x.


Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti are members of the mosquito family Culicidae and share a haploid chromosome complement of three. Although a genetic linkage map based on restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP), markers exists for Ae. aegypti, the extent of synteny and linkage order conservation between the two species was unknown. A comparative linkage map for Ae. albopictus was constructed based mainly on cDNA clones from Ae. aegypti. Nearly all Ae. aegypti probes hybridized to Ae. albopictus DNA at high stringency. For eighteen RFLP markers tested, the linkage group and linear order appears to be identical for the two species. 78% of the loci tested exhibited significant deviations from the expected segregation ratio in at least one of the test crosses. An excess of heterozygote genotypes was recovered with most loci. This probably reflects the effects of lethal loci on survival of F2 progeny homozygous for the parental genotypes. These results demonstrate that comparative linkage maps based on common DNA markers provide a basis for rapidly developing linkage maps for various mosquito species, and the opportunity to examine the significance and function of orthologous quantitative trait loci associated with mosquito vector competence for disease transmission.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aedes / genetics*
  • Animals
  • Chromosome Mapping*
  • DNA
  • Genetic Markers
  • Genetic Variation
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length*


  • Genetic Markers
  • DNA