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Evidence of multiple paternity in quillback rockfish (Sebastes maliger)

Abstract

Multiple paternity, also termed polyandry, is a reproductive strategy that can increase the genetic variation within a brood to help preserve diversity within a population. A paternity analysis using multilocus microsatellites revealed that 8 of 25 (32%) quillback rockfish (Sebastes maliger) females mated with more than one male. Of the eight broods sired by multiple males, three were sired by two males and five were sired by three males. Polyandry is likely an important consideration when managing rockfish stocks for genetic diversity and productivity. The probability of polyandry increased with increasing weight and condition factor of the female, but not with increasing age or length. These results suggest polyandry is a common mating strategy in quillback rockfish in Alaska and may be related to female size.


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