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dc.contributor.author Kim, Kang-Wook
dc.contributor.author Bennison, Clair
dc.contributor.author Hemmings, Nicola
dc.contributor.author Brookes, Lola
dc.contributor.author Hurley, Laura L.
dc.contributor.author Griffith, Simon C.
dc.contributor.author Burke, Terry
dc.contributor.author Birkhead, Tim R.
dc.contributor.author Slate, Jon
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-17T11:52:12Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-17T11:52:12Z
dc.date.issued 2017-07-12
dc.identifier doi:10.5061/dryad.p4238
dc.identifier.citation Kim K, Bennison C, Hemmings N, Brookes L, Hurley LL, Griffith SC, Burke T, Birkhead TR, Slate J (2017) A sex-linked supergene controls sperm morphology and swimming speed in a songbird. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1(8): 1168-1176.
dc.identifier.issn 2397-334X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10255/dryad.146127
dc.description Sperm are perhaps the most diverse cells in the animal kingdom, with enormous morphological variation between taxa, between species, between males and within an ejaculate. Considerable interest in sperm diversity has arisen following the realisation that sperm competition (post-copulatory sexual selection) is a powerful selective force in many organisms, and that sperm morphology has co-evolved with female reproductive tract morphology. However, the relationship between sperm morphology, sperm motility and fertilisation success is only partially understood. The extent to which between-male variation is heritable is largely unknown, and remarkably few studies have investigated the genetic architecture of sperm traits, especially sperm morphology. Here we use high-density genotyping and gene expression profiling to explore the considerable sperm trait variation that exists in the zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata. We show that nearly all of the genetic variation in sperm morphology is caused by an inversion polymorphism on the Z chromosome acting as a ‘supergene’. These results provide a striking example of two evolutionary genetic predictions. First, that in species where females are the heterogametic sex, genetic variation affecting sexually dimorphic traits will accumulate on the Z chromosome. Second, recombination suppression at the inversion allows beneficial dominant alleles to become fixed on whichever haplotype they first arise, without being exchanged onto other haplotypes. Finally, we show that the inversion polymorphism will be stably maintained by heterozygote advantage, because heterozygous males have the fastest and most successful sperm with no apparent fitness cost.
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.p4238/1
dc.relation.isreferencedby doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0235-2
dc.subject sperm
dc.subject supergene
dc.subject inversion
dc.subject balancing selection
dc.subject fertility
dc.subject sperm morphology
dc.subject sperm velocity
dc.title Data from: A sex-linked supergene controls sperm morphology and swimming speed in a songbird
dc.type Article
dwc.ScientificName Taeniopygia guttata
prism.publicationName Nature Ecology & Evolution

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