MadSci Network: Genetics

Re: How many chromosomes does a giraffe have?

Date: Sat Sep 15 19:55:21 2001
Posted By: Stacey Kohler, Secondary School Teacher, General Science, Kissimmee Middle School
Area of science: Genetics
ID: 1000401747.Ge

Whew!  This was a hard one.  I finally found the answer after searching for 
"diploid camelopardalis".  The final answer is: No, giraffes do not have 
the largest number of chromosomes.  They are listed as having 30.  The 
animal with the largest number of chromosomes that I was able to find was 
the King Crab, with 208.  Have fun with those 10th graders!

Your Mad Scientist,
S. Kohler

very comprehensive list of chromosome numbers of many plant and animal 

Chromosomal count of giraffe

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