publication . Article . 2016

The gene cortex controls mimicry and crypsis in butterflies and moths\ud \ud

Nadeau, N.J.; Pardo-Diaz, C.; Whibley, A.; Supple, M.; Saenko, S.V.; Wallbank, R.W.R.; Wu, G.C.; Maroja, L.; Ferguson, L.; Hanly, J.J.; ...
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2016
  • Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
The wing patterns of butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) are diverse and striking examples of evolutionary diversification by natural selection1, 2. Lepidopteran wing colour patterns are a key innovation, consisting of arrays of coloured scales. We still lack a general understanding of how these patterns are controlled and whether this control shows any commonality across the 160,000 moth and 17,000 butterfly species. Here, we use fine-scale mapping with population genomics and gene expression analyses to identify a gene, cortex, that regulates pattern switches in multiple species across the mimetic radiation in Heliconius butterflies. cortex belongs to a fast-e...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: fungianimal structures
Funded by
NSF| Collaborative Proposal: Genomics across the speciation continuum in Heliconius butterflies
Project
  • Funder: National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Project Code: 1257689
  • Funding stream: Directorate for Biological Sciences | Division of Environmental Biology
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NSF| Identity and Function of Heliconius Mimicry Genes
Project
  • Funder: National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Project Code: 1052541
  • Funding stream: Directorate for Biological Sciences | Division of Integrative Organismal Systems
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