Selection Response on Thermal Resistance of the Guppy Poecilia reticulata

Yoshihisa Fujio, Masamichi Nakajima, Go Nomura

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To elucidate the genetic control for thermal resistance of the guppy, its response to high temperature was measured as the death time, at which the immature fish acclimated at 23°C died when exposed to 37 °C. Using sub-population comparison, the heritability of thermal resistance was estimated at 0.183. The two-way selection for thermal resistance led to a significant difference of the death time of immature fish between the high temperature resistant population and the sensitive one. The resistant population showed a higher heterozygotic frequency at AAT-1∗ and PGM-1∗ locus than the sensitive population. This suggests a heterotic effect for thermal resistance and inbreeding depression for thermal sensitivity. Cross experiments confirmed heterosis for thermal resistance, supporting the above suggestion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-734
Number of pages4
JournalFisheries Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • guppy
  • heritability
  • isozyme marker
  • selection
  • thermal resistance


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