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Ecological and evolutionary consequences of alternative sex-change pathways in fish

Benvenuto, C, Coscia, I, Chopelet, J, Sala-Bozano, M and Mariani, S (2017) Ecological and evolutionary consequences of alternative sex-change pathways in fish. Scientific Reports, 7. ISSN 2045-2322

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Sequentially hermaphroditic fish change sex from male to female (protandry) or vice versa (protogyny), increasing their fitness by becoming highly fecund females or large dominant males, respectively. These life-history strategies present different social organizations and reproductive modes, from near-random mating in protandry, to aggregate- and harem-spawning in protogyny. Using a combination of theoretical and molecular approaches, we compared variance in reproductive success (V k*) and effective population sizes (N e) in several species of sex-changing fish. We observed that, regardless of the direction of sex change, individuals conform to the same overall strategy, producing more offspring and exhibiting greater V k* in the second sex. However, protogynous species show greater V k*, especially pronounced in haremic species, resulting in an overall reduction of N e compared to protandrous species. Collectively and independently, our results demonstrate that the direction of sex change is a pivotal variable in predicting demographic changes and resilience in sex-changing fish, many of which sustain highly valued and vulnerable fisheries worldwide.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology, 0299 Other Physical Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
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Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2020 10:40
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 07:46
DOI or ID number: 10.1038/s41598-017-09298-8
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12414
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