Open Access Repository

MHC, health, color, and reproductive success in sand lizards


Downloads per month over past year

Olsson, M, Madsen, T, Wapstra, E, Silverin, B, Ujvari, B and Wittzell, H 2005 , 'MHC, health, color, and reproductive success in sand lizards' , Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 58 , pp. 289-294 , doi: 10.1007/s00265-005-0921-y.

[img] PDF
mhc_health_colo...pdf | Request a copy
Full text restricted
Available under University of Tasmania Standard License.


“Good genes” are genetic elements that contribute
to lifetime reproductive success, regardless of an individual’s
additional genotype. Their existence is debated,
and most work has targeted their viability benefits to the
offspring of choosy females. In the present study, we analyze
a case of potential good genes effects in adult male
sand lizards (Lacerta agilis). We show that males with a
particular RFLP (Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism)
MHC genotype (O-males), as opposed to those
that lack this genetic element (NO-males), have less ectoparasites
under increasing physiological stress (indexed
by baseline corticosterone level), and are not constrained
by parasites at production of status coloration. Furthermore,
O-males are more successful at mate acquisition and
guard their partners longer. Ultimately, they have a higher
genetic reproductive success as assigned by microsatellites.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Olsson, M and Madsen, T and Wapstra, E and Silverin, B and Ujvari, B and Wittzell, H
Keywords: “Good genes” . Reproductive success . Lacerta agilis
Journal or Publication Title: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
ISSN: 0340-5443
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s00265-005-0921-y
Additional Information:

The original publication is available at

Item Statistics: View statistics for this item

Actions (login required)

Item Control Page Item Control Page