Positive genetic correlation between female preference and offspring fitness

Hine, Emma, Lachish, Shelly, Higgie, Megan and Blows, Mark W. (2002) Positive genetic correlation between female preference and offspring fitness. Proceedings of The Royal Society of London Series B, 269 1506: 2215-2219. doi:10.1098/rspb.2002.2149

Author Hine, Emma
Lachish, Shelly
Higgie, Megan
Blows, Mark W.
Title Positive genetic correlation between female preference and offspring fitness
Journal name Proceedings of The Royal Society of London Series B   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-8452
Publication date 2002-01-01
Year available 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1098/rspb.2002.2149
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 269
Issue 1506
Start page 2215
End page 2219
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Royal Society of London
Language eng
Subject C1
270799 Ecology and Evolution not elsewhere classified
779999 Other
050199 Ecological Applications not elsewhere classified
06 Biological Sciences
Abstract In many species, females display preferences for extreme male signal traits, but it has not been determined if such preferences evolve as a consequence of females gaining genetic benefits from exercising choice. If females prefer extreme male traits because they indicate male genetic quality that will enhance the fitness of offspring, a genetic correlation will evolve between female preference genes and genes that confer offspring fitness. We show that females of Drosophila serrata prefer extreme male cuticular hydrocarbon (CHC) blends, and that this preference affects offspring fitness. Female preference is positively genetically correlated with offspring fitness, indicating that females have gained genetic benefits from their choice of males. Despite male CHCs experiencing strong sexual selection, the genes underlying attractive CHCs also conferred lower offspring fitness, suggesting a balance between sexual selection and natural selection may have been reached in this population.
Keyword Biology
Female Preference
Genetic Correlation
Male Genetic Quality
Sexual Selection
Copulatory Courtship
Mating Preferences
Mate Preferences
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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