Summary: A class of aggregation pattern mutants called ‘streamers’ have been isolated from and analysed genetically. The streamer phenotype is the formation of very large streams of centripetally moving amoebae which are collected from abnormally large territories during the aggregation phase of this organism. Such mutants do not show the pleiotropic developmental defects seen with most other classes of aggregation mutants and after the abnormal aggregation phase they develop into normally differentiated stalk cells and spores. Twenty-four haploid streamers were isolated and assigned to seven complementation groups, to , after selecting diploids formed between pairs of the mutants. The complementation loci were assigned to the following linkage groups using parasexual genetic techniques: and , linkage group VII; and , linkage group II; and , linkage group III. Use was made of a new temperature sensitive for growth marker, , which was assigned to linkage group VII. The total number of complementation groups giving the streamer phenotype is estimated from statistical calculation, based on the frequency of allelism, to be between seven and nine.


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