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Gold: A Unique Pigmentation Defective Laboratory Strain of the Lady Beetle

Author:
Allen, Margaret Louise
Source:
Advances in entomology 2016 v.4 no.1 pp. 11-18
ISSN:
2331-1991
Subject:
Coleomegilla maculata, breeding, color, egg production, eyes, inheritance (genetics), mutants, phenotype, pigmentation, pupae
Abstract:
A laboratory colony of Coleomegilla maculata (De Geer) was selected for a novel phenotypic color trait. The phenotype was paler in color than the wild type, although not as pale as a previously described mutant strain, yellow (ye), and retained dark pigmentation in the eyes. This selected strain was named gold. Mendelian breeding experiments indicate a recessive biallelic inheritance. The strain has decreased fitness characteristics based on measurements of egg production and pupa size.
Agid:
61804