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Inconsistent inbreeding effects during lizard ontogeny

Bererhi, B, Wapstra, E ORCID: 0000-0002-2050-8026, Schwartz, TS and Olsson, M 2019 , 'Inconsistent inbreeding effects during lizard ontogeny' , Conservation Genetics, vol. 20, no. 4 , pp. 865-874 , doi: 10.1007/s10592-019-01180-6.

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Reported effects of inbreeding vary among taxa and may depend on a number of factors, including what trait is measured, temporal variability, parental effects, or life history stage. To understand the effects of inbreeding during early life history stages, we estimated the effects of individual-level heterozygosity on hatching success and first year survival in a Swedish population of sand lizards (Lacerta agilis) over a period of almost a decade, using over 4000 eggs, 400 clutches, and over 3000 juveniles. Heterozygosity had a positive effect on hatching success, in standardized laboratory conditions, but no effect on first year survival. Also, both of these measures of viability varied across the years of the study, demonstrating the importance of temporal heterogeneity in pre and post-hatching conditions. Finally, we identified both paternal and maternal identity effects on hatching success. Thus, we show that selection on heterozygosity was not consistent across developmental life stages, emphasizing the need of considering a number of ontogenic stages, as well as potential parental and environmental effects, when studying the effects of heterozygosity on viability in natural populations.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bererhi, B and Wapstra, E and Schwartz, TS and Olsson, M
Keywords: heterozygosity, hatching success, first year survival, life history stages
Journal or Publication Title: Conservation Genetics
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publ
ISSN: 1566-0621
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s10592-019-01180-6
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