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Sex chromosome-linked species recognition and evolution of reproductive isolation in flycatchers

Saether, S.A. and Sætre, G.-P. and Borge, T. and Wiley, C. and Svedin, N. and Andersson, G. and Veen, T. and Haavie, J. and Servedio, M.R. and Bureš, S. and Král, M. and Hjernquist, M.B. and Gustafsson, L. and Träff, J. and Qvarnström, A. (2007) Sex chromosome-linked species recognition and evolution of reproductive isolation in flycatchers. Science, 318, 95-97. ISSN 0036-8075.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1141506

Abstract

Interbreeding between species (hybridization) typically produces unfit offspring. Reduced hybridization should therefore be favored by natural selection. However, this is difficult to accomplish because hybridization also sets the stage for genetic recombination to dissociate species-specific traits from the preferences for them. Here we show that this association is maintained by physical linkage (on the same chromosome) in two hybridizing Ficedula flycatchers. By analyzing the mating patterns of female hybrids and cross-fostered offspring, we demonstrate that species recognition is inherited on the Z chromosome, which is also the known location of species-specific male plumage traits and genes causing low hybrid fitness. Limited recombination on the Z chromosome maintains associations of Z-linked genes despite hybridization, suggesting that the sex chromosomes may be a hotspot for adaptive speciation.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO)
ID Code:4652
Deposited On:16 Sep 2009 02:00
Last Modified:24 Apr 2012 16:47

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