Journal of Applied Ichthyology
The effects of inbreeding in both captive and wild-caught species and populations have been reported to affect a wide variety of life history traits. Recently, the effects of inbreeding on reproductive traits such as sperm quality have become a subject of particular interest for conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, and management of captive populations. This study investigated the effects of inbreeding on sperm quality in a captive population of experimentally inbred and outbred lake trout, Salvelinus namaycush. It was found for moderately to highly inbred males (males with half-sib and full-sib parents, respectively), that sperm quality traits (velocity, motility, linearity, longevity, spermatocrit and morphology) showed no apparent inbreeding depression. The apparent lack of inbreeding effects on sperm quality traits may be due to several factors including (i) no inbreeding depression in the studied population, due to purging, low levels of inbreeding or lack of detection at the gametic level, or (ii) relaxed selective pressures due to benign hatchery conditions. The present study provides significant insight into the effects of inbreeding on sperm quality in a captive-bred salmonid population, and has important implications for hatchery rehabilitation programs for this species.
Johnson, K.; Butts, Ian A.E.; Smith, J. L.; Wilson, C. C.; and Pitcher, Trevor E.. (2015). The effects of inbreeding on sperm quality traits in captive-bred lake trout, Salvelinus namaycush (Walbaum, 1972). Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 31, 62-70.