Revisiting telegony: Offspring inherit an acquired characteristic of their mother's previous mate

Angela J. Crean*, Anna M. Kopps, Russell Bonduriansky

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    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.
    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)1545-1552
    Aantal pagina's8
    TijdschriftEcology Letters
    Nummer van het tijdschrift12
    Vroegere onlinedatum30-sep-2014
    StatusPublished - dec-2014

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