The genetic basis of sexually selected variation

Chenoweth, Stephen F. and McGuigan, Katrina (2010) The genetic basis of sexually selected variation. Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics, 41 81-101. doi:10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-102209-144657

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Author Chenoweth, Stephen F.
McGuigan, Katrina
Title The genetic basis of sexually selected variation
Journal name Annual Review of Ecology Evolution and Systematics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-592X
ISBN 978-0-8243-1441-5
Publication date 2010-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-102209-144657
Volume 41
Start page 81
End page 101
Total pages 21
Editor Douglas J. Futuyma
Place of publication Palo Alto, CA., U.S.A.
Publisher Annual Reviews
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Sexually selected traits contribute greatly to phenotypic diversity, yet we have historically understood little about their genetic basis and how that basis may affect their evolution. Recent work in developmental and quantitative genetics has provided both mechanistic and statistical descriptions of genotype-phenotype maps for sexually selected traits. These studies expose generally complex genetic architectures; genotype-phenotype maps are polygenic with allelic effects that are pleiotropic and highly context-dependent. At the same time, developments in quantitative genetics have provided new insights into the microevolutionary potential of standing variation and indicate genetic constraints on the contemporary evolution of male sexually selected characters, mate preferences, and also male mating success itself. Understanding the extent to which these constraints are a function of genetic architecture will require a tighter integration of developmental, molecular, and quantitative genetic approaches in a variety of model systems. Emerging genomic technologies offer an unprecedented opportunity to deepen our understanding of sexual selection as an evolutionary process.
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Keyword Genetic architecture
Genetic constraint
Mating preferences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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