Cytogenetic heterogeneity in common haplogyne spiders from Argentina (Arachnida, Araneae)

  • Rodríguez Gil S
  • Mola L
  • Papeschi A
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Abstract

The spermatogenesis of four species of haplogyne spiders from Argentina is analyzed. Dysdera crocota (Dysderidae) (n = 5+X0) has holokinetic chromosomes, achiasmatic male meiosis and a post-reductional division of the sex chromosome. Ariadna boesenbergii (Segestriidae) (n = 4 + X0) also possesses holokinetic chromosomes, but meiosis is chiasmatic and the X chromosome divides pre- reductionally. Kukulcania hibernalis (Filistatidae) (n + 11 + X1 X2 0) and Scytodes globula (Scytodidae) (n = 6 + X0) have metacentric and submetacentric chromosomes, chiasmatic meiosis and the sex chro- mosomes divide pre-reductionally. Kukulcania hibernalis possesses a bimodal karyotype and a particular chromatin coiling during prophase I, while Scytodes globula has striking proximal localization of chias- mata. These results show that Haplogynae present high cytogenetic heterogeneity: species with holokinetic chromosomes as well as species with monocentric chromosomes (metacentric and submetacentric), and species with low diploid numbers, achiasmatic meiosis and proximal chiasma localization.

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  • cytogenetics
  • haplogyne
  • meiosis

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Authors

  • S G Rodríguez Gil

  • L M Mola

  • A G Papeschi

  • C L Scioscia

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