A blond coat color variation in meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus)

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Abstract

Color mutations occur frequently among rodents. Here we describe a blond coat color mutation in the meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus) that arose in a captive breeding colony established from wild-caught animals from southern Illinois. The blond coat coloration results from changes in the color and distribution of pigments in the hair. The mutation is monogenic autosomal recessive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-210
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Heredity
Volume93
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

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