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dc.contributor.author Delcourt, Matthieu
dc.contributor.author Blows, Mark W.
dc.contributor.author Aguirre, J. David
dc.contributor.author Rundle, Howard D.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-10T21:09:56Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-10T21:09:56Z
dc.date.issued 2012-05-21
dc.identifier doi:10.5061/dryad.d7g00
dc.identifier.citation Delcourt M, Blows MW, Aguirre JD, Rundle HD (2012) Evolutionary optimum for male sexual traits characterized using the multivariate Robertson–Price Identity. 109(26): 10414–10419.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10255/dryad.39694
dc.description Phenotypes tend to remain relatively constant in natural populations, suggesting a limit to trait evolution. Although stationary phenotypes suggest stabilizing selection, directional selection is more commonly reported. However, selection on phenotypes will have no evolutionary consequence if the traits do not genetically covary with fitness, a covariance known as the Robertson–Price Identity. The nature of this genetic covariance determines if phenotypes will evolve directionally or whether they reside at an evolutionary optimum. Here, we show how a set of traits can be shown to be under net stabilizing selection through an application of the multivariate Robertson–Price Identity. We characterize how a suite of male sexual displays genetically covaries with fitness in a population of Drosophila serrata. Despite strong directional sexual selection on these phenotypes directly and significant genetic variance in them, little genetic covariance was detected with overall fitness. Instead, genetic analysis of trait deviations showed substantial stabilizing selection on the genetic variance of these traits with respect to overall fitness, indicating that they reside at an evolutionary optimum. In the presence of widespread pleiotropy, stabilizing selection on focal traits will arise through the net effects of selection on other, often unmeasured, traits and will tend to be stronger on trait combinations than single traits. Such selection may be difficult to detect in phenotypic analyses if the environmental covariance between the traits and fitness obscures the underlying genetic associations. The genetic analysis of trait deviations provides a way of detecting the missing stabilizing selection inferred by recent metaanalyses.
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.d7g00/1
dc.relation.isreferencedby doi:10.1073/pnas.1116828109
dc.relation.isreferencedby PMID:22615415
dc.subject cuticular hydrocarbons
dc.subject Robertson-Price
dc.subject stabilizing selection
dc.subject sexual selection
dc.subject evolutionary stasis
dc.title Data from: Evolutionary optimum for male sexual traits characterized using the multivariate Robertson–Price Identity
dc.type Article *
dwc.ScientificName Drosophila serrata
dc.contributor.correspondingAuthor Rundle, Howard D.
prism.publicationName Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

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