Interspecific hybridization between greater kudu and nyala

Desire Dalton, Adrian Tordiffe, Ilse Luther, Assumpta Duran , van Wyk Anna M, Helene Brettschneider, Almero Oosthuizen, Catherine Modiba , Antoinette Kotze

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Hybridization of wildlife species, even in the
absence of introgression, is of concern due to wasted
reproductive effort and a reduction in productivity. In this
study we detail an accidental mating between a female
nyala (Tragelaphus angasii) and a male greater kudu (T.
strepsiceros). The hybrid was phenotypically nyala and
was identified as such based on mitochondrial DNA. Further genetic analysis based on nine microsatellite markers,
chromosome number and chromosome morphology however, confirmed its status as an F1 hybrid. Results obtained
from a reproductive potential assessment indicated that this
animal does not have the potential to breed successfully
and can be considered as sterile.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-271
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2014


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