As stated in the problem, an alligator has 32 chromosomes. Furthermore, it is stated that this value is equivalent to 2n. This expression simply states that the alligator's 32 chromosomes could be divided into two equal sets. Having 2 sets of chromosomes, this means that it is a diploid.
Which of the following is true of an alligator with a chromosome number of 2n = 32?
A. The species is diploid with 32 chromosomes per somatic cell.
B. A gamete from this species has 64 chromosomes.
C. It has 32 sets of chromosomes per cell.
D. Each somatic cell has 8 homologous pairs.
E. During the S phase of the cell cycle, there will be 16 separate chromosomes.
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