Unique Incompatibility System in a Hybrid Species

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Science  05 Oct 1962:
Vol. 138, Issue 3536, pp. 36-37
DOI: 10.1126/science.138.3536.36


All males of the weevil Pissodes terminalis Hopp. are heterozygous for an autosomal fusion (ccC); all females are homozygous (CC). A mechanism is operative whereby union of like gametes gives rise to females and of unlike gametes gives rise to males, and union of half-alike gametes is totally excluded. The perpetuation of this sexual dimorphism of karyotypes following crossing implicates P. yosemite Hopk. in the hybrid origin of P. terminalis..