Meiotic drive against an autosomal supernumerary segment promoted by the presence of a B-chromosome in females of the grasshopper Eyprepocnemis plorans

Lopezleon, MDC, J.; Camacho, J. P. M.,  Chromosoma,  100:282-287. 1991.

Twenty-seven out of 50 progeny analyses performed with specimens of the grasshopper Eyprepocnemis plorans were informative about the transmission of a supernumerary heterochromatic chromosome segment. The simultaneous presence of a B chromosome in some of the parents involved in the crosses permitted us to test the relationship between both types of supernumerary heterochromatin with respect to their transmission. The results demonstrated that the supernumerary segment is partly eliminated through females possessing B chromosomes. The implications of this in relation to the occurrence of the extra segment in natural populations are discussed.