OMIA 000374-8868 : Feather colour, extended black in Cygnus atratus

In other species: chicken , red-footed booby , Coscoroba swan , Bananaquit , helmeted guineafowl , gyrfalcon , Lesser snow goose , Arctic skua , , brown booby , zebra finch , ruff , rock pigeon , Eleonora's falcon , pomarine skua , king penguin

Possibly relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s)s (MIM numbers): 266300 (trait) , 155555 (gene)

Mendelian trait/disorder: yes

Mode of inheritance: Autosomal

Considered a defect: no

Key variant known: no

Molecular basis: Pointer and Mundy (2008) reported polymorphisms in the MC1R gene but could not discern a clear association between these polymorphisms and feather colour in swans,


2008 Pointer, MA., Mundy, NI. :
Testing whether macroevolution follows microevolution: are colour differences among swans (Cygnus) attributable to variation at the MCIR locus? BMC Evol Biol 8:249, 2008. Pubmed reference: 18789136. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-8-249.

Edit History

  • Created by Frank Nicholas on 22 Oct 2008
  • Changed by Frank Nicholas on 12 Oct 2011