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Fluctuating Asymmetry in Mus musculus Subspecific Hybridization

Traditional and Procrustes Comparative Approach
  • Jean-Christophe Auffray
  • Paul Alibert
  • Sabrina Renaud
  • Annie Orth
  • François Bonhomme
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Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 284)

Abstract

The traditional approach to fluctuating asymmetry (FA) is compared with an application of the Procrustes superposition method. This comparison was performed on wild-derived and random bred strains of two house mouse subspecies, Mus musculus domesticus and M. m. musculus, originated from Denmark, and their hybrids in a controlled experiment. Results obtained with the Procrustes method show a decrease of FA for the hybrid sample, which is consistent with what was expected from previous FA studies on wild populations. However, no trend was detectable using the traditional approach in that specific case. Additionally, the observed levels of FA compared with those found in wild populations of the hybrid zone in Denmark suggest that the latter are under higher environmental stress than are laboratory-reared animals.

Keywords

Hybrid Zone House Mouse Fluctuate Asymmetry Directional Asymmetry Hybrid Sample 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Christophe Auffray
    • 1
  • Paul Alibert
    • 1
  • Sabrina Renaud
    • 1
  • Annie Orth
    • 2
  • François Bonhomme
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution, CC064Université Montpellier IIMontpellier CedexFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire Génome et Populations, CC063Université Montpellier IIMontpellier CedexFrance

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