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Interspecific hybridization

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Interspecific hybridization


Crossing of two species that are from within the same genus. Examples are zebra/donkey cross resulting in an offspring called zonkey, zebra/horse cross resulting in zorse, and zebra/donkey cross resulting in zonky. The offsprings from this cross could develop into adults but may not develop functional gametes. Sterility is often attributed to the different number of chromosomes the two species have, for example donkeys have 62 chromosones, horses have 64 chromosomes, etc.