Title
Genetic divergence among sympatric colour morphs of the Dalmatian wall lizard (**Podarcis melisellensis**) Genetic divergence among sympatric colour morphs of the Dalmatian wall lizard (**Podarcis melisellensis**)
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Biology
Publication type
article
Publication
The Hague ,
Subject
Biology
Source (journal)
Genetica. - The Hague
Volume/pages
138(2010) :3 , p. 387-393
ISSN
0016-6707
ISI
000274087700011
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
If alternative phenotypes in polymorphic populations do not mate randomly, they can be used as model systems to study adaptive diversification and possibly the early stages of sympatric speciation. In this case, non random mating is expected to support genetic divergence among the different phenotypes. In the present study, we use population genetic analyses to test putatively neutral genetic divergence (of microsatellite loci) among three colour morphs of the lizard Podarcis melisellensis, which is associated with differences in male morphology, performance and behaviour. We found weak evidence of genetic divergence, indicating that gene flow is somewhat restricted among morphs and suggesting possible adaptive diversification.
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