OMIA:001731-8932 : Tail feathers, number of in Columba livia (rock pigeon)

In other species: chicken , California condor

Categories: Integument (skin) phene

Mendelian trait/disorder: unknown

Considered a defect: no

History: Darwin (1868) wrote extensively on the number of tail feathers in pigeons. Morgan (1918) quotes relevant passages from the second (1875) edition of Darwin's book.

Inheritance: T.H. Morgan (the genetics pioneer and Nobel Prize winner for his work in Drosophila) published an extensive study of the inheritance of more than the usual number of 12 tail feathers in pigeons in 1918, and was compelled to invoke 3 or 4 loci to explain his segregation results. Like Morgan, Johansson (1927) could not illustrate single-locus inheritance.

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2012). OMIA:001731-8932: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) [dataset].


Note: the references are listed in reverse chronological order (from the most recent year to the earliest year), and alphabetically by first author within a year.

1927 Johansson, I. :
Studies on Inheritance in Pigeons. VI. Number of Tail Feathers and Uropygial Gland. Genetics 12:93-107, 1927. Pubmed reference: 17246521. DOI: 10.1093/genetics/12.2.93.
1918 Morgan, T.H. :
Inheritance of number of feathers of the Fantail pigeon American Naturalist 52:5-27, 1918.
1875 Darwin, C.R. :
The variation of animals and plants under domestication. London: John Murray. 2d ed. , 1875.
1868 Darwin, C.R. :
The variation of animals and plants under domestication, vol. I. London: John Murray. :146-148; 208, 1868.

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