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The Colorful Sex Chromosomes of Teleost Fish

Department of Physiological Chemistry, Biocenter, University of Wuerzburg, 97074 Wuerzburg, Germany
Comprehensive Cancer Center Mainfranken, University Clinic Wuerzburg, 97080 Wuerzburg, Germany
Hagler Institute for Advanced Study and Department of Biology, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Genes 2018, 9(5), 233;
Received: 30 March 2018 / Revised: 24 April 2018 / Accepted: 24 April 2018 / Published: 3 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Evolutionary Life Cycle of Sex Chromosomes)
Teleost fish provide some of the most intriguing examples of sexually dimorphic coloration, which is often advantageous for only one of the sexes. Mapping studies demonstrated that the genetic loci underlying such color patterns are frequently in tight linkage to the sex-determining locus of a species, ensuring sex-specific expression of the corresponding trait. Several genes affecting color synthesis and pigment cell development have been previously described, but the color loci on the sex chromosomes have mostly remained elusive as yet. Here, we summarize the current knowledge about the genetics of such color loci in teleosts, mainly from studies on poeciliids and cichlids. Further studies on these color loci will certainly provide important insights into the evolution of sex chromosomes. View Full-Text
Keywords: teleost fish; sex chromosomes; coloration; pigment pattern; sexual conflict; sexually antagonistic genes teleost fish; sex chromosomes; coloration; pigment pattern; sexual conflict; sexually antagonistic genes
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