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Correlated Matings in the Partial Selfer Mimulus guttatus

Kermit Ritland
Evolution
Vol. 43, No. 4 (Jul., 1989), pp. 848-859
DOI: 10.2307/2409312
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2409312
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

In partially selfing populations, siblings may be correlated for both selfing and paternity. A model of the mating system based upon sampling pairs of progeny from a maternal parent is described. The model separates the correlation of selfing from the correlation of outcrossed paternal alleles and is an approach to paternity analysis suited for larger populations with fewer marker loci. Its parameters determine the components of genetic covariance between sibs and provide information about the average number of fathers in a maternal sibship. Electrophoretic markers were used to obtain estimates of correlated matings for two Mimulus guttatus populations. In both populations, about 50% selfing was observed. For two sibs randomly selected from the same capsule, the correlations of selfing between these sibs were 17% and 12% in the two populations, and the correlations of paternity (the proportion of full-sibs among outcrossed sib-pairs) were 37% and 44%. Sibs from different capsules were not correlated for selfing, and the paternity correlation dropped to near 20% in both populations. However, estimates of correlated matings have high variance, lack statistical independence, and can be difficult to obtain. The use of marker loci with many alleles can alleviate these problems.

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