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Major histocompatibility complex and mate choice in sand lizards


Olsson, M and Madsen, T and Nordby, J and Wapstra, E and Ujvari, B and Wittsell, H, Major histocompatibility complex and mate choice in sand lizards, Royal Society of London. Proceedings. Biological Sciences, 270 pp. S254-S256. ISSN 0962-8452 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1098/rsbl.2003.0079


In mice and man, females prefer males with a major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genotype different to their own. We tested whether this phenomenon also occurs in the Swedish sand lizard (Lacerta agilis). Females in a laboratory experiment preferred to associate with odour samples obtained from more distantly related males at the MHC class 1 loci. Data on free-ranging lizards suggest that associations between males and females are non-random with respect to MHC genotype. However, male spatial distribution and mobility during the mating season suggest that the non-random pairing process in the wild may also be driven by corresponding genetic benefits to males pairing with less related females.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Biochemistry and cell biology
Research Field:Enzymes
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Wapstra, E (Associate Professor Erik Wapstra)
ID Code:32732
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:219
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2007-11-27
Last Modified:2011-09-27

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