Origin of the mechanism of phenotypic plasticity in satyrid butterfly eyespots.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Plasticity is often regarded as a derived adaptation to help organisms survive in variable but predictable environments, however, we currently lack a rigorous, mechanistic examination of how plasticity evolves in a large comparative framework. Here, we show that phenotypic plasticity in eyespot size in response to environmental temperature observed in Bicyclus anynana satyrid butterflies is a complex derived adaptation of this lineage. By reconstructing the evolution of known physiological and molecular components of eyespot size plasticity in a comparative framework, we showed that 20E titer plasticity in response to temperature is a pre-adaptation shared by all butterfly species examined, whereas expression of EcR in eyespot centers, and eyespot sensitivity to 20E, are both derived traits found only in a subset of species with eyespots.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bhardwaj, S; Jolander, LS-H; Wenk, MR; Oliver, JC; Nijhout, HF; Monteiro, A

Published Date

  • February 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 /

Start / End Page

  • e49544 -

PubMed ID

  • 32041684

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7012602

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2050-084X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2050-084X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.7554/elife.49544


  • eng