Aeroplane wing, a new recessive autosomal phenotypic marker in malaria vector, Anopheles stephensi Liston
A novel aeroplane (ae) winged mutant has been established in our TIGS insectary. Genetic study reveals the ae gene is autosomal, recessive, and monogenic in nature. This wing mutant is reported for the first time in Anopheles stephensi, an urban malaria vector of India. These mutants exhibit three types of orientations present both in male and female adults named left, right, and double wing mutants. The presence of inversion on its 3L chromosome might help in adaptation. These mutants have great applications bridging both basic and applied genetic research – constructing linkage maps, identifying loci of quantitative and/or qualitative traits, function of related genes within the genome and as guides for insect transformation studies.
The study was published in Heliyon