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Revisiting telegony: offspring inherit an acquired characteristic of their mother's previous mate.
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PMID:  25270393     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Newly discovered non-genetic mechanisms break the link between genes and inheritance, thereby also raising the possibility that previous mating partners could influence traits in offspring sired by subsequent males that mate with the same female ('telegony'). In the fly Telostylinus angusticollis, males transmit their environmentally acquired condition via paternal effects on offspring body size. We manipulated male condition, and mated females to two males in high or low condition in a fully crossed design. Although the second male sired a large majority of offspring, offspring body size was influenced by the condition of the first male. This effect was not observed when females were exposed to the first male without mating, implicating semen-mediated effects rather than female differential allocation based on pre-mating assessment of male quality. Our results reveal a novel type of transgenerational effect with potential implications for the evolution of reproductive strategies.
Angela J Crean; Anna M Kopps; Russell Bonduriansky
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Publication Detail:
Type:  LETTER     Date:  2014-9-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ecology letters     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1461-0248     ISO Abbreviation:  Ecol. Lett.     Publication Date:  2014 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-10-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-10-2    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101121949     Medline TA:  Ecol Lett     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd/CNRS.
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