OMIA:001602-338458 : Feather colour, yellow in Monarcha castaneiventris (Chestnut-bellied monarch)

In other species: chicken , Japanese quail

Categories: Pigmentation phene

Possibly relevant human trait(s) and/or gene(s)s (MIM numbers): 611742 (trait) , 600201 (gene)

Links to MONDO diseases: No links.

Mendelian trait/disorder: yes

Mode of inheritance: Autosomal

Considered a defect: no

Key variant known: yes

Year key variant first reported: 2016

Species-specific description: Campagna et al. (2022): "Chestnut-bellied Monarchs (Monarcha castaneiventris ugiensis) from two archipelagos in the Solomon Islands have evolved entirely black plumage from a chestnut ancestor (Monarcha castaneiventris megarhynchus), a phenomenon known as island melanism. We obtain and analyze whole genome sequences using traditional summary statistics and new methods that combine inference of the ancestral recombination graph with machine learning. We find multiple lines of evidence for independent selective sweeps on the MC1R and ASIP genes, a receptor/ligand pair which regulates the production of melanin. Melanism on each archipelago is mediated by mutations in one of these two genes." See also OMIA 000374-338458 : Feather colour, extended black in Monarcha castaneiventris

Molecular basis: Campagna et al. (2022) confirm findings from their earlier studies, suggesting that a non-synonymous Ile55Thr substitution in the ASIP gene is the likely causal variant for entirely black plumage in birds from the Ugi island.

Genetic engineering: Unknown
Have human generated variants been created, e.g. through genetic engineering and gene editing

Associated gene:

Symbol Description Species Chr Location OMIA gene details page Other Links
ASIP Monarcha castaneiventris - no genomic information (-..-) ASIP Ensembl

Cite this entry

Nicholas, F. W., Tammen, I., & Sydney Informatics Hub. (2022). OMIA:001602-338458: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals (OMIA) [dataset].


Note: the references are listed in reverse chronological order (from the most recent year to the earliest year), and alphabetically by first author within a year.

2022 Campagna, L., Mo, Z., Siepel, A., Uy, J.A.C. :
Selective sweeps on different pigmentation genes mediate convergent evolution of island melanism in two incipient bird species. PLoS Genet 18:e1010474, 2022. Pubmed reference: 36318577. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1010474.
2016 Uy, J.A., Cooper, E.A., Cutie, S., Concannon, M.R., Poelstra, J.W., Moyle, R.G., Filardi, C.E. :
Mutations in different pigmentation genes are associated with parallel melanism in island flycatchers. Proc Biol Sci 283, 2016. Pubmed reference: 27412275. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0731.

Edit History

  • Created by Frank Nicholas on 31 Oct 2016
  • Changed by Imke Tammen2 on 15 Nov 2022