International Journal of
Genetics and Molecular Biology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Genet. Mol. Biol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9863
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJGMB
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 137

Full Length Research Paper

Chromosome complement and C-banding patterns in 6 species of grasshoppers

Pooja Chadha* and Anupam Mehta
Department of Zoology, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, Pin Code: 143005, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 05 January 2011
  •  Published: 30 January 2011


Chromosomes with detailed karyotypic information (nature, number, size, relative length, length of X-chromosome, nature of X-chromosome) and C-banding patterns of six species of grasshoppers belonging to sub-families- Tryxalinae, Oedipodinae and Catantopinae are discussed. The karyotypes comprises of acrocentric chromosomes with complement number 2n=23 (male). Constitutive heterochromatin distribution was found at centomeric, interstitial, terminal sites along with thick and thin bands among all the species except inAcrida turrita, which possessed only centromeric C-bands. The number and location of C-bands in Acridids exhibit both intra – and interspecific variations. In the present communication the chromosome complement and C-banding patterns are analyzed for further differences between congeneric species and among genera belonging to the same sub-family.


Key words: Acrididae, Orthoptera, chromosome complement, C-banding