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Author(s): Alves, PC
Melo-Ferreira, J
Jones, MR
Mills, LS
Callahan, CM
Alves, JM
Lafferty, D
Jiggins, FM
Jensen, JD
Good, JM
Title: Adaptive introgression underlies polymorphic seasonal camouflage in snowshoe hares
Issue Date: 2018-06-21
Abstract: Snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus) maintain seasonal camouflage by molting to a white winter coat, but some hares remain brown during the winter in regions with low snow cover. We show that cis-regulatory variation controlling seasonal expression of the Agouti gene underlies this adaptive winter camouflage polymorphism. Genetic variation at Agouti clustered by winter coat color across multiple hare and jackrabbit species, revealing a history of recurrent interspecific gene flow. Brown winter coats in snowshoe hares likely originated from an introgressed black-tailed jackrabbit allele that has swept to high frequency in mild winter environments. These discoveries show that introgression of genetic variants that underlie key ecological traits can seed past and ongoing adaptation to rapidly changing environments.
Subject: Ciências Naturais, Ciências biológicas
Natural sciences, Biological sciences
Scientific areas: Ciências exactas e naturais::Ciências biológicas
Natural sciences::Biological sciences
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FCUP - Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional

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