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Studies in Wild House Mice: Genotype-Environment Interactions for Attack Latency

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For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Animal Biology (Vol 53 and onwards).

Winning chances of fast- and slow attacking genotypes were determined in contests of wild male house mice with standard inbred conspecifics, using a variety of conditions. Genotype-environment interactions are shown to determine winning chances. Differences are connected with social experience, familiarity of terrain, exploratory behaviour and relative weight. It is argued that, as a result, the fitness of slow attacking males is higher than that of fast attackers in unfamiliar environmental conditions (e.g. when migrating), but lower when on familiar ground. This leads to diversifying selection, which may explain the distribution of attack latency scores found in wild house mice.

Affiliations: 1: (Department of Genetics & Department of Animal Physiology, University of Groningen, Postbox 14, 9750 AA Haren, The Netherlands


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