Multivariate heredity of melanin-based coloration, body mass and immunity

  title={Multivariate heredity of melanin-based coloration, body mass and immunity},
  author={S Kim and Juan Antonio Fargallo and Paulo Vergara and Jesu´s Mart{\'i}nez-Padilla},
The genetic covariation among different traits may cause the appearance of correlated response to selection on multivariate phenotypes. Genes responsible for the expression of melanin-based color traits are also involved in other important physiological functions such as immunity and metabolism by pleiotropy, suggesting the possibility of multivariate evolution. However, little is known about the relationship between melanin coloration and these functions at the additive genetic level in wild… CONTINUE READING