Codominance of Visual Pigments in Hybrid Fishes

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Science  19 Nov 1965:
Vol. 150, Issue 3699, pp. 1055-1057
DOI: 10.1126/science.150.3699.1055


Visual pigments of lake char and brook char (Salmonidae) are based on two different proteins. Both proteins are present in first-generation hybrids between these species and they segregate in second-generation and backcross hybrids, as expected of a single-factor difference. This first genetic study suggests that shifts observed in the absorption spectra maxima of visual pigments are related to substitutions of amino acids in the visual proteins.