Genetic dissimilarity predicts paternity in the smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris)

Jehle, R ORCID:, Sztatecsny, M, Wolf, JBW, Whitlock, A, Hodl, W and Burke, T 2007, 'Genetic dissimilarity predicts paternity in the smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris)' , Biology Letters, 3 , pp. 526-528.

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Under sperm competition, paternity is apportioned by polyandrous females according to the order of matings and the genetic quality of the inseminating males. In order to distinguish between these two effects, we sequentially paired 12 female smooth newts (Lissotriton vulgaris) with each of two males and, where possible, repeated the same procedure in reverse order of the identical males after assumed sperm depletion. For a total of 578 offspring, amplified fragment length polymorphisms genetic markers revealed multiple paternities in all matings, without significant first- or second-male sperm precedence. The paternity share of individual males was transitive across the two trials with male order switch, and successful males had a significantly higher genetic dissimilarity to the female than expected by chance. We argue that patterns of paternity in natural newt populations are determined through a combination of good genes and relatedness.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QL Zoology
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Biology Letters
Publisher: Royal Society
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1744-9561
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Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2009 11:24
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 08:38

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