Nonrandom mating in Pikas Ochotona princeps

Evidence for inbreeding between individuals of intermediate relatedness

M. M. Peacock, A. T. Smith

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Abstract

The extent and effect of inbreeding in natural populations remain largely undetermined. Pikas Ochotona princeps have been considered a likely candidate for close inbreeding in natural populations due to observations of frequent juvenile philopatry (colonization of natal home range or neighbouring home range) and high levels of spatial overlap and social tolerance between neighbouring individuals of the opposite sex. A 4-year investigation of inbreeding in pikas, however, has revealed that dispersal and mating patterns are uncoupled in this species, i.e. explained by different hypotheses, DNA fingerprinting analysis revealed that band-sharing scores between mated pairs, identified via parentage analysis, were not commensurate with band-sharing among known first-order relatives, but were similar to scores for a small sample of known second-order relatives (i.e. half-siblings, grandparent-grandchild pairs). Band-sharing scores between mated pairs were then compared with those between potential mated pairs within the population to assess whether mating was random or nonrandom with respect to genetic similarity. The results of Monte Carlo randomization tests show that pikas mated with individuals with intermediate genetic similarity in greater proportion than would be expected by chance. These data suggest mate choice in pikas may be based upon intermediate levels of relatedness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)801-811
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular Ecology
Volume6
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1997

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Lagomorpha
Ochotona
Ochotonidae
Inbreeding
inbreeding
relatedness
home range
Homing Behavior
DNA
philopatry
DNA fingerprinting
parentage
mate choice
grandparents
Population
colonization
tolerance
mating behavior
DNA Fingerprinting
Random Allocation

Keywords

  • Mating behaviour
  • Multilocus DNA fingerprinting
  • Nonrandom mating
  • Pikas

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  • Ecology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry

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Nonrandom mating in Pikas Ochotona princeps : Evidence for inbreeding between individuals of intermediate relatedness. / Peacock, M. M.; Smith, A. T.

In: Molecular Ecology, Vol. 6, No. 9, 09.1997, p. 801-811.

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