Significant effects of Pgi genotype and body reserves on lifespan in the Glanville fritillary butterfly

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    Individuals with a particular variant of the gene phosphoglucose isomerase (Pgi ) have been shown to have superior dispersal capacity and fecundity in the Glanville fritillary butterfly (Melitaea cinxia), raising questions about the mechanisms that maintain polymorphism in this gene in the field. Here, we investigate how variation in the Pgi genotype affects female and male life history under controlled conditions. The most striking effect is the longer lifespan of genotypes with high dispersal capacity, especially in nonreproducing females. Butterflies use body reserves for somatic maintenance and reproduction, but
    different resources (in thorax versus abdomen) are used under dissimilar conditions, with some interactions with the Pgi genotype. These results indicate life-history trade-offs that involve resource allocation and genotype!environment interactions, and these trade-offs are likely to contribute to the maintenance of Pgi polymorphism in the natural populations.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B. Biological Sciences
    Issue number1660
    Pages (from-to)1313-1322
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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    • 118 Biological sciences

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