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Major histocompatibility complex and mate choice in sand lizards

Olsson, M; Madsen, Thomas LU ; Nordby, J; Wapstra, E; Ujvari, Beata LU and Wittsell, H (2003) In Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences 270(suppl. 2). p.254-256
Abstract
In mice and man, females prefer males with a major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genotype different to their own. We tested whether this phenomenon also occurs in the Swedish sand lizard (Lacerta agilis). Females in a laboratory experiment preferred to associate with odour samples obtained from more distantly related males at the MHC class 1 loci. Data on free-ranging lizards suggest that associations between males and females are non-random with respect to MHC genotype. However, male spatial distribution and mobility during the mating season suggest that the non-random pairing process in the wild may also be driven by corresponding genetic benefits to males pairing with less related females.
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254 - 256
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1471-2954
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10.1098/rsbl.2003.0079
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  abstract     = {In mice and man, females prefer males with a major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genotype different to their own. We tested whether this phenomenon also occurs in the Swedish sand lizard (Lacerta agilis). Females in a laboratory experiment preferred to associate with odour samples obtained from more distantly related males at the MHC class 1 loci. Data on free-ranging lizards suggest that associations between males and females are non-random with respect to MHC genotype. However, male spatial distribution and mobility during the mating season suggest that the non-random pairing process in the wild may also be driven by corresponding genetic benefits to males pairing with less related females.},
  author       = {Olsson, M and Madsen, Thomas and Nordby, J and Wapstra, E and Ujvari, Beata and Wittsell, H},
  issn         = {1471-2954},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {suppl. 2},
  pages        = {254--256},
  publisher    = {Royal Society},
  series       = {Royal Society of London. Proceedings B. Biological Sciences},
  title        = {Major histocompatibility complex and mate choice in sand lizards},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2003.0079},
  volume       = {270},
  year         = {2003},
}