Journal article

Space use and genetic structure do not maintain color polymorphism in a species with alternative behavioral strategies

Madeleine St Clair Yewers, Devi Stuart-Fox, Claire Alice McLean

ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Space use including territoriality and spatial arrangement within a population can reveal important information on the nature, dynamics, and evolutionary maintenance of alternative strategies in color polymorphic species. Despite the prevalence of color polymorphic species as model systems in evolutionary biology, the interaction between space use and genetic structuring of morphs within populations has rarely been examined. Here, we assess the spatial and genetic structure of male throat color morphs within a population of the tawny dragon lizard, Ctenophorus decresii. Male color morphs do not differ in morphology but differ in aggressive and antipredator behaviors as well as androgen level..

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