Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2005 Jun;35(3):595-601. Epub 2005 Apr 11.

Molecular criteria for determining new hybrid species--an application to the Sonneratia hybrids.

Author information

  • 1State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol and Key Laboratory of Gene Engineering of the Ministry of Education, Zhongshan University, Guangzhou 510275, People's Republic of China.


The possible hybrid origin of new species can usually be corroborated by molecular means. Here, we suggest that the segregation patterns of the molecular markers be further analyzed. A true hybrid species should show the patterns under continuous breeding among its members, at least beyond the F2 generation. We applied the guidelines to the putative hybrid species of Sonneratia, a widespread mangrove genus, and concluded that all the observed hybrids in this genus are simple F1's. Thus, S. x gulngai and S. x hainanensis are not true hybrid species. The segregation patterns of molecular markers should be heeded in interpreting the existence of hybrid species.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk