Sex chromosome evolution and speciation in Ficedula flycatchers
2003 (English)In: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences, ISSN 0962-8452, E-ISSN 1471-2954, Vol. 270, no 1510, 53-59 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Speciation is the combination of evolutionary processes that leads to the reproductive isolation of different populations. We investigate the significance of sex-chromosome evolution on the development of post- and prezygotic isolation in two naturally hybridizing Ficedula flycatcher species. Applying a tag-array-based mini-sequencing assay to genotype single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and interspecific substitutions, we demonstrate rather extensive hybridization and backcrossing in sympatry. However, gene flow across the partial postzygotic barrier (introgression) is almost exclusively restricted to autosomal loci, suggesting strong selection against introgression of sex-linked genes. In addition to this partial postzygotic barrier, character displacement of male plumage characteristics has previously been shown to reinforce prezygotic isolation in these birds. We show that male plumage traits involved in reinforcing prezygotic isolation are sex linked. These results suggest a major role of sex-chromosome evolution in mediating post- and prezygotic barriers to gene flow and point to a causal link in the development of the two forms of reproductive isolation.
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2003. Vol. 270, no 1510, 53-59 p.
Animals, Color, Evolution; Molecular, Feathers/physiology, Female, Gene Frequency, Hybridization; Genetic, Male, Phylogeny, Polymorphism; Single Nucleotide/genetics, Reproduction/*genetics, Research Support; Non-U.S. Gov't, Selection (Genetics), Sex Characteristics, Sex Chromosomes/*genetics, Songbirds/*genetics, Species Specificity, Wing/physiology
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-70055DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2002.2204PubMedID: 12590771OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-70055DiVA: diva2:97966