RRC ID 64260
Author Bouffet-Halle A, Mériguet J, Carmignac D, Agostini S, Millot A, Perret S, Motard E, Decenciere B, Edeline E.
Title Density-dependent natural selection mediates harvest-induced trait changes.
Journal Ecol Lett
Abstract Rapid life-history changes caused by size-selective harvesting are often interpreted as a response to direct harvest selection against a large body size. However, similar trait changes may result from a harvest-induced relaxation of natural selection for a large body size via density-dependent selection. Here, we show evidence of such density-dependent selection favouring large-bodied individuals at high population densities, in replicated pond populations of medaka fish. Harvesting, in contrast, selected medaka directly against a large body size and, in parallel, decreased medaka population densities. Five years of harvesting were enough for harvested and unharvested medaka populations to inherit the classically predicted trait differences, whereby harvested medaka grew slower and matured earlier than unharvested medaka. We show that this life-history divergence was not driven by direct harvest selection for a smaller body size in harvested populations, but by density-dependent natural selection for a larger body size in unharvested populations.
Volume 24(4)
Pages 648-657
Published 2021-4-1
DOI 10.1111/ele.13677
PMID 33511789
MeSH Animals Body Size Fishes* Humans Phenotype Population Density Selection, Genetic*
IF 8.665
Medaka Kiyosu (WS1177)