First cytogenetic description of the species Rhamdella microcephala (Pisces, Hepapteridae)
Data de publicação2003-03-01
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Cytogenetic studies were carried out on Rhamdella microcephala collected from the headwaters of the Machado river, a tributary of the Sapucaí river, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Sixteen specimens exhibited 2n=56 chromosomes, with 18 metacentrics, 30 submetacentrics and 8 subtelocentric-acrocentrics (FN=84). The nucleolar organizing regions (NORs) were identified in the interstitial position on the long arm of a submetacentric pair (pair 12). Chromomycin A3 staining evidenced only the NOR-bearing segments. Positive C-band segments were identified in a pericentromeric position in most of the chromosomes and the NOR-bearing segments were also C-band positive. Some aspects related to the chromosomal characteristics of Rhamdella microcephala are discussed.