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Sex-linked genomic variation and its relationship to avian plumage dichromatism and sexual selection

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Sex-linked genomic variation and its relationship to avian plumage dichromatism and sexual selection
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BMC Evolutionary Biology, September 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12862-015-0480-4
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Huateng Huang, Daniel L. Rabosky


Sexual dichromatism is the tendency for sexes to differ in color pattern and represents a striking form of within-species morphological variation. Conspicuous intersexual differences in avian plumage are generally thought to result from Darwinian sexual selection, to the extent that dichromatism is often treated as a surrogate for the intensity of sexual selection in phylogenetic comparative studies. Intense sexual selection is predicted to leave a footprint on genetic evolution by reducing the relative genetic diversity on sex chromosome to that on the autosomes. In this study, we test the association between plumage dichromatism and sex-linked genetic diversity using eight species pairs with contrasting levels of dichromatism. We estimated Z-linked and autosomal genetic diversity for these non-model avian species using restriction-site associated (RAD) loci that covered ~3 % of the genome. We find that monochromatic birds consistently have reduced sex-linked genomic variation relative to phylogenetically-paired dichromatic species and this pattern is robust to mutational biases. Our results are consistent with several interpretations. If present-day sexual selection is stronger in dichromatic birds, our results suggest that its impact on sex-linked genomic variation is offset by other processes that lead to proportionately lower Z-linked variation in monochromatic species. We discuss possible factors that may contribute to this discrepancy between phenotypes and genomic variation. Conversely, it is possible that present-day sexual selection -- as measured by the variance in male reproductive success -- is stronger in the set of monochromatic taxa we have examined, potentially reflecting the importance of song, behavior and other non-plumage associated traits as targets of sexual selection. This counterintuitive finding suggests that the relationship between genomic variation and sexual selection is complex and highlights the need for a more comprehensive survey of genomic variation in avian taxa that vary markedly in social and genetic mating systems.

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Country Count As %
United States 1 1%
Germany 1 1%
Brazil 1 1%
Unknown 64 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 20 30%
Student > Master 11 16%
Student > Bachelor 11 16%
Researcher 8 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 9%
Other 7 10%
Unknown 4 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 50 75%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 11 16%
Environmental Science 1 1%
Medicine and Dentistry 1 1%
Unknown 4 6%

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