Data from: Genetic analyses in Lake Malawi cichlids identify new roles for Fgf signaling in scale shape variation

R. Craig Albertson, Kenta Kawasaki, Emily Tetrault & Kara Powder
Elasmoid scales are the most common epithelial appendage among vertebrates, however an understanding of the genetic mechanisms that underlie variation in scale shape is lacking. Using an F2 mapping cross between morphologically distinct cichlid species, we identified >40 QTL for scale shape at different body positions. We show that while certain regions of the genome regulate variation in multiple scales, most are specific to scales at distinct positions. This suggests a degree of regional modularity...
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