Multilocus heterozygosity, parental relatedness and individual fitness components in a wild mountain goat, Oreamnos americanus population.

@article{Mainguy2009MultilocusHP,
  title={Multilocus heterozygosity, parental relatedness and individual fitness components in a wild mountain goat, Oreamnos americanus population.},
  author={Julien Mainguy and Steeve D. C{\^o}t{\'e} and David W. Coltman},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2009},
  volume={18 10},
  pages={2297-306}
}
Matings between relatives lead to a decrease in offspring genetic diversity which can reduce fitness, a phenomenon known as inbreeding depression. Because alpine ungulates generally live in small structured populations and often exhibit a polygynous mating system, they are susceptible to inbreeding. Here, we used marker-based measures of pairwise genetic relatedness and inbreeding to investigate the fitness consequences of matings between relatives in a long-term study population of mountain… CONTINUE READING