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The roles of recombination and selection in shaping genomic divergence in an incipient ecological species complex

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Wersebe, Matthew; Sherman, Ryan; Jeyasingh, Punidan; Weider, Lawrence (2022). The roles of recombination and selection in shaping genomic divergence in an incipient ecological species complex [Dataset]. Dryad.


Speciation genomic studies have revealed that genomes of diverging lineages are shaped jointly by the actions of gene flow and selection. These evolutionary forces acting in concert with processes such as recombination and genome features such as gene density shape a mosaic landscape of divergence. We investigated the roles of recombination and gene density in shaping the patterns of differentiation and divergence between the cyclically parthenogenetic ecological sister-taxa, Daphnia pulicaria and Daphnia pulex. First, we assembled a phased chromosome-scale genome assembly using trio-binning for D. pulicaria and constructed a genetic map using an F2-intercross panel to understand sex-specific recombination rate heterogeneity. Finally, we used a ddRADseq dataset with broad geographic sampling of D. pulicaria, D. pulex, and their hybrids to understand the patterns of genome-scale divergence and demographic parameters. Our study provides the first sex-specific estimates of recombination rates for a cyclical parthenogen, and unlike other eukaryotic species, we observed male-biased heterochiasmy in D. pulicaria, which may be related to this somewhat unique breeding mode. Additionally, regions of high gene density and recombination are generally more divergent than regions of suppressed recombination. Outlier analysis indicated that divergent genomic regions are likely driven by selection on D. pulicaria, the derived lineage colonizing a novel lake habitat. Together, our study supports a scenario of selection acting on genes related to local adaptation shaping genome-wide patterns of differentiation despite high local recombination rates in this species complex. Finally, we discuss the limitations of our data in light of demographic uncertainty.


See Wersebe et al. 2022 in Molecular Ecology for details: 

We constructed a reference genome de novo for Daphnia pulicaria using Hifi sequencing.

Constructed an F2 linkage map using WGS of 100 F2 individuals.

Performed population genomic analysis of D. pulicaria, D. pulex and its hybrids.


Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, Award: IOS#0924289

Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, Award: IOS#1256867

University of Oklahoma, Award: LJW01