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Sexual selection drives asymmetric introgression in wall lizards


While, GM and Michaelides, S and Heathcote, RJP and MacGregor, HEA and Zajac, N and Beninde, J and Carazo, P and Perez i de Lanuza, G and Sacchi, R and Zuffi, MAL and Horvathova, T and Fresnillo, B and Schulte, U and Veith, M and Hochkirch, A and Uller, T, Sexual selection drives asymmetric introgression in wall lizards, Ecology Letters, 18, (12) pp. 1366-1375. ISSN 1461-023X (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons

DOI: doi:10.1111/ele.12531


Hybridisation is increasingly recognised as an important cause of diversification and adaptation. Here, we show how divergence in male secondary sexual characters between two lineages of the common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) gives rise to strong asymmetries in male competitive ability and mating success, resulting in asymmetric hybridisation upon secondary contact. Combined with no negative effects of hybridisation on survival or reproductive characters in F1-hybrids, these results suggest that introgression should be asymmetric, resulting in the displacement of sexual characters of the sub-dominant lineage. This prediction was confirmed in two types of secondary contact, across a natural contact zone and in two introduced populations. Our study illustrates how divergence in sexually selected traits via male competition can determine the direction and extent of introgression, contributing to geographic patterns of genetic and phenotypic diversity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:lizard, hybridisation, sexual selection, male competition
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Evolutionary biology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:While, GM (Associate Professor Geoff While)
UTAS Author:MacGregor, HEA (Ms Hannah MacGregor)
ID Code:103845
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:73
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2015-10-28
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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