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Y chromosome evolution spurs behavioural diversity in male fish

The Y chromosome of the freshwater fish Poecilia parae may have successively evolved five haplotypes that are maintained in the population for alternative male reproductive strategies.

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Fig. 1: Five male reproductive morphs linked to the Poecilia parae Y chromosome.


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Zhou, Q. Y chromosome evolution spurs behavioural diversity in male fish. Nat Ecol Evol 5, 892–893 (2021).

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