Genetic polymorphism of adult reindeer coat colour in a herding cooperative in Finnish Lapland

  • Jean J. Lauvergne Committtee for Genetic Nomenclature in Sheep and Goat (COGNOSAG), 147C/3 avenue J.B. Clément, 92 140 Clamart
  • Mauri Nieminen RKTL, Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute, Toivoniementie 246, FIN-99910 Kaamanen
Keywords: coat colour, Finland, genetic polymorphism, genetics, Rangifer tarandus, reindeer

Abstract

In a random sample of 188 adult reindeer belonging to a reindeer herding cooperative in Finnish Lapland, the following coat colour mutants were identified: Abf at the locus Agouti (A), kalppinokka (WNk) at the locus White Nose (WN) and white at the locus W (White). Coefficients of coat colour phenotypic polymorphism K were estimated, in order to quantify this genetic polymorphism. Estimations of K were 12.8% for the locus A (Agouti), 5.1% for the locus WN (White Nose), and 7.5% for the locus W (White). This polymorphism results probably from a change in fitness coefficient of genotypes carrying colour mutants following domestication in a random mating context which has not yet been proved.

Published
2011-04-01
How to Cite
LauvergneJ. J., & NieminenM. (2011). Genetic polymorphism of adult reindeer coat colour in a herding cooperative in Finnish Lapland. Rangifer, 31(1), 155-159. https://doi.org/10.7557/2.31.1.2039
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