The karyotype and major ribosomal sites as revealed by silver staining and CMA3-fluorescence of Croatian leuciscine cyprinid endemic to Cetina River, Telestes ukliva were studied. The diploid chromosome number was invariably 2n = 50. Karyotype consisted of eight pairs of metacentric, 13 pairs of submetacentric and four pairs subtelocentric chromosomes. The largest chromosome pair of the complement was subtelocentric, which is a characteristic cytotaxonomic marker for all representatives of the cyprinid lineage Leuciscinae. The nucleolar organizer regions (NORs) were detected in the telomeres of two pairs of mediumsized submetacentric chromosomes. Staining with CMA3 revealed four positive signals that corresponded to NOR sites. No heteromorphic sex chromosomes were found. The karyotype pattern of T. ukliva is nearly identical to that found in most other representatives of the Eurasian leuciscine cyprinids, while the multiple NOR phenotype appears to be more derived as opposed to a uniform one NOR-bearing chromosome pair, ubiquitous in this group.
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