Genetic estimations for body size characters, development period and development rate in a coccinelid beetle,Harmonia axyridis

  • Hideki Ueno
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/BF02515093

Cite this article as:
Ueno, H. Res Popul Ecol (1994) 36: 121. doi:10.1007/BF02515093


Heritabilities and genetic correlations for body size characters and development period in a coccinellid beetle,Harmonia axyridis were estimated by a sib-analysis experiment. Positive genetic correlations were detected between size characters and development rate. If this is upheld in the field, genetic variation would be eliminated, as the loci affecting the characters are supposed to be fixed. However, the results indicated moderate heritabilities for all characters. Possible explanations for the results are discussed.

Key words

Harmonia axyridis heritability genetic correlation pleiotropy 

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© Society of Population Ecology 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hideki Ueno
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Environmental Earth ScienceHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

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