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dc.contributor.authorSonnweber, Ruth
dc.contributor.authorAraya-Ajoy, Yimen
dc.contributor.authorBehringer, Verena
dc.contributor.authorDeschner, Tobias
dc.contributor.authorTkaczynski, Patrick
dc.contributor.authorFedurek, Pawel
dc.contributor.authorPreis, Anna
dc.contributor.authorSamuni, Liran
dc.contributor.authorZommers, Zinta
dc.contributor.authorGomes, Cristina
dc.contributor.authorZuberbühler, Klaus
dc.contributor.authorWittig, Roman M.
dc.contributor.authorCrockford, Catherine
dc.identifier.citationFrontiers in Ecology and Evolutionnb_NO
dc.description.abstractInvestigating the repeatability of trait variation between individuals, that is the amount of individual variation in relation to overall phenotypic variation, indicates an upper level of heritability and reveals whether a given trait may be subject to selection. Labile traits are characterized by high levels of flexibility and consequently low trait repeatability is expected. Indeed, research examining glucocorticoid levels in various non-mammal species found low repeatability scores. However, mammals may be different in this respect as (i) differential maternal care early in life has the potential to prime hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis functioning and (ii) allelic variation affecting hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis functioning has been reported. Individuals often differ from each other in average and/or plastic labile trait expression, two aspects that can be described using a reaction norm approach. Both consistent and flexible reaction norm expression has been argued to serve adaptive purposes, depending on the stability and predictability of environmental conditions. Here, we investigated both trait and reaction norm repeatability of urinary cortisol levels in wild adult male chimpanzees. To capture the expression of the circadian urinary cortisol rhythm of individual males over time, urine samples were collected throughout the day. In total data of 30 males collected over a period of 8 years were included in the dataset. No male was sampled over the whole 8-year period however. We found minor levels of trait repeatability but considerable reaction norm repeatability. This implies a minor role of genetic or priming factors on cortisol excretion, but reveals that males differ consistently in average urinary cortisol levels and the shape of the circadian urinary cortisol rhythm. Relating these results to fitness parameters will provide answers to questions on the adaptive value of reaction norm repeatability of this labile hormonal trait in the future.nb_NO
dc.publisherFrontiers Medianb_NO
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleCircadian rhythms of urinary cortisol levels vary between individuals in wild male chimpanzees: A reaction norm approachnb_NO
dc.typeJournal articlenb_NO
dc.typePeer reviewednb_NO
dc.source.journalFrontiers in Ecology and Evolutionnb_NO
dc.description.localcodeCopyright © 2018 Sonnweber, Araya-Ajoy, Behringer, Deschner, Tkaczynski, Fedurek, Preis, Samuni, Zommers, Gomes, Zuberbühler, Wittig and Crockford. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.nb_NO
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