|SREL Reprint #0701|
Biochemical Variation in the American Alligator
E. Adams, Michael H. Smith, and Ramone Baccus
Alligators from Florida, Louisiana, and South
Carolina were analyzed for allozymic variation using starch gel electrophoresis.
The proportions of polymorphic loci (P=0.15) for the three populations
were comparable to values for other vertebrates, while mean heterozygosity
(H=0.022) was lower than expected for nonmammalian vertebrates. There were
statistically significant differences in allele frequencies between the
populations for three loci: Lactate
dehydrogenase-2; Peptidase-1; Glutamate oxalate transaminase-1.
All populations were in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and showed low genetic
distances as expected for closely related conspecific populations.
Reptilia; Crocodilia; Alligatoridae; Alligator;
Electrophoresis; Biochemical variation; Allozymes; Polymorphisms; Allele
SREL Reprint #0701
Adams, S.E., M.H. Smith, and R. Baccus. 1980.
Biochemical variation in the American alligator. Herpetologica