Small effective number of parents (N-b) inferred for a naturally spawned cohort of juvenile European flat oysters Ostrea edulis

Type Article
Date 2007-03
Language English
Author(s) Hedgecock Denis1, Launey Sophie2, 5, Pudovkin A. I.4, Naciri Yamama2, Lapegue SylvieORCID2, Bonhomme Francois2, 3
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ So Calif, Dept Biol Sci, Los Angeles, CA 90089 USA.
2 : IFREMER, Lab Genet & Pathol, F-17390 Le Tremblade, France.
3 : Univ Montpellier 2, CNRS, IFREMER, UMR 5171,Stn Mediterraneenne Environm Littoral, F-34200 Sete, France.
4 : Russian Acad Sci, Inst Marine Biol, Vladivostok 690041, Russia.
Source Marine Biology (0025-3162) (Springer), 2007-03 , Vol. 150 , N. 6 , P. 1173-1182
DOI 10.1007/s00227-006-0441-y
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Abstract The great fecundity and very high larval mortality of most marine invertebrates and fish make possible substantial variance in the number of offspring contributed by adults to subsequent generations. The reproductive success of such organisms may thus resemble a sweepstakes lottery, in which a minority of progenitors succeeds in replacing an entire population, while the majority fails to procreate. One specific prediction of this hypothesis, that genetic diversity of newly settled cohorts should be less than that of the adult population, is tested in the present study. Microsatellite DNA markers were examined in naturally spawned juvenile European flat oysters Ostrea edulis (L.), collected over a 12-day period in 1993 from the western Mediterranean Sea, near Sete, France (43 degrees 32'N, 3 degrees 56'E) and grown out for a period of up to 10 months. Variation in these juveniles was compared to that in a pooled sample of adults collected in 1994 from two locations (Thau Lagoon and Port St. Louis) that had statistically homogeneous allelic frequencies. Though nearly twice as large as the pooled adult sample, the juvenile sample had only 60% of the adult allelic diversity. Analyses of linkage disequilibrium and kinship, as well as estimation of the effective number of parents, suggested that 10-20 adults produced this juvenile cohort. This observation supports the hypothesis of sweepstakes reproductive success and suggests that partial inbreeding may occur even in species with large populations and dispersing planktonic larvae.
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Hedgecock Denis, Launey Sophie, Pudovkin A. I., Naciri Yamama, Lapegue Sylvie, Bonhomme Francois (2007). Small effective number of parents (N-b) inferred for a naturally spawned cohort of juvenile European flat oysters Ostrea edulis. Marine Biology, 150(6), 1173-1182. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :