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Major histocompatibility complex and mate choice in sand lizards.

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posted on 2024-06-04, 09:53 authored by M Olsson, T Madsen, J Nordby, E Wapstra, Beata UjvariBeata Ujvari, H Wittsell
In mice and man, females prefer males with a major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genotype different to their own. We tested whether this phenomenon also occurs in the Swedish sand lizard (Lacerta agilis). Females in a laboratory experiment preferred to associate with odour samples obtained from more distantly related males at the MHC class 1 loci. Data on free-ranging lizards suggest that associations between males and females are nonrandom with respect to MHC genotype. However, male spatial distribution and mobility during the mating season suggest that the non-random pairing process in the wild may also be driven by corresponding genetic benefits to males pairing with less related females.

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Journal

Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences

Volume

270 Suppl 2

Pagination

S254-S256

Location

England

ISSN

0962-8452

Language

eng

Publication classification

CN.1 Other journal article

Publisher

Royal Society, The

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