Strong habitat and weak genetic effects shape the lifetime reproductive success in a wild clownfish population.
AuthorsSalles, Océane C
Almany, Glenn R
Berumen, Michael L.
Jones, Geoffrey P
Thorrold, Simon R
KAUST DepartmentMarine Science Program
Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Online Publication Date2019-11-26
Print Publication Date2020-02
Embargo End Date2020-11-27
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/660470
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AbstractThe relative contributions of environmental, maternal and additive genetic factors to the Lifetime reproductive success (LRS) determine whether species can adapt to rapid environmental change. Yet to date, studies quantifying LRS across multiple generations in marine species in the wild are non-existent. Here we used 10-year pedigrees resolved for a wild orange clownfish population from Kimbe Island (PNG) and a quantitative genetic linear mixed model approach to quantify the additive genetic, maternal and environmental contributions to variation in LRS for the self-recruiting portion of the population. We found that the habitat of the breeder, including the anemone species and geographic location, made the greatest contribution to LRS. There were low to negligible contributions of genetic and maternal factors equating with low heritability and evolvability. Our findings imply that our population will be susceptible to short-term, small-scale changes in habitat structure and may have limited capacity to adapt to these changes.
CitationSalles, O. C., Almany, G. R., Berumen, M. L., Jones, G. P., Saenz-Agudelo, P., Srinivasan, M., … Planes, S. (2019). Strong habitat and weak genetic effects shape the lifetime reproductive success in a wild clownfish population. Ecology Letters. doi:10.1111/ele.13428
SponsorsThis research was supported by Laboratoire d’ExcellenceCORAIL, Expenditure Review Committee, Coral Reef Initia-tives for the Pacific, the Global Environment Facility Coral Reef Targeted Research Connectivity Working Group,National Science Foundation, the Australian Research Coun-cil Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies, The Nature Con-servancy, Total Foundation, James Cook University, KingAbdullah University of Science and Technology, and WoodsHole Oceanographic Institution. Research visas were approvedby the Papua New Guinea (PNG) government and research protocols were endorsed by the Board of Mahonia Na DariResearch and Conservation Centre, Kimbe, PNG. We thankthe large number of volunteers who assisted in the field andcollected tissue samples. Mahonia and FeBrina provided essen-tial logistic support. We are grateful to the traditional ownersof the reefs near Kimbe Island for allowing us access to theirreefs. We also thank Pierre de Villemereuil, Jarrod Hadfield,Michael Morrissey, Caroline Thomson and Isabel Winney foruseful discussions, comments and help with the method. Wethank Ecology Letters’ editor Tim Coulson for precious com-ments that improved this manuscript. We also thank PCI Evol.Biol for the recommendation of a previous version of thisarticle (https://doi.org/10.24072/pci.evolbiol.100082), and inparticular Philip Munday for recommending our study and twonon-anonymous reviewers: Loeske Kruuk and Juan Diego Gai-tan-Espitia for precious comments.