|SREL Reprint #0618|
Prenatal Selection in White-Tailed Deer
Baccus, Hilburn O. Hillestad, Paul E. Johns, Michael N. Manlove, R. Larry
Marchinton, and Michael H. Smith
White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
(N=1341) were collected from 7 locations in Georgia and South Carolina.
Sorbitol dehydrogenase (SDH) activity was analyzed using starch-gel
electrophoresis. Four types of
prenatal selection, Female Gametic Selection, Random Mating, Male Reproductive
Selection and Female Sexual Selection, were analyzed for this locus using
genotype frequency data including mothers and offspring.
Spatial and temporal heterogeneity were analyzed for the Savannah River
Plant (SRP) herd. Pooled genotype
frequencies for SDH were essentially the same over 3 years but varied between
hunt compartments on the SRP and between the sampling areas across the
southeast. All populations were
mating at random in respect to the individual genotypes.
However, evidence was found for the importance of social structure and
intra-uterine events in determining the genetic structure of the herds.
SREL Reprint #0618
Baccus, R., H.O. Hillestad, P.E. Johns, M.N. Manlove, R.L.
Marchinton, and M.H. Smith. 1979. Prenatal selection in
white tailed deer. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of
Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 31:173-179.