The Genetic Limits to Trait Evolution for a Suite of Sexually Selected Male Cuticular Hydrocarbons in Drosophila Serrata

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Title: The Genetic Limits to Trait Evolution for a Suite of Sexually Selected Male Cuticular Hydrocarbons in Drosophila Serrata
Authors: Sztepanacz, Jacqueline L.P.
Date: 2011
Abstract: Directional selection is prevalent in nature yet phenotypes tend to remain relatively constant, suggesting a limit to trait evolution. The genetic basis of evolutionary limits in unmanipulated populations, however, is generally not known. Given widespread pleiotropy, opposing selection on a focal trait may arise from the effects of the underlying alleles on other fitness components, generating net stabilizing selection on trait genetic variance and thus limiting evolution. Here, I look for the signature of stabilizing selection for a suite of cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs) in Drosophila serrata. Despite strong directional sexual selection on CHCs, genetic variance differed between high and low fitness individuals and was greater among the low fitness males for seven of eight CHCs. Univariate tests of a difference in genetic variance were non-significant but have low power. My results implicate stabilizing selection, arising through pleiotropy, in generating a genetic limit to the evolution of CHCs in this species.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/20385
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-5031
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