The repeatability of fluctuating asymmetry: a revision and extension

Michael Whitlock


Fluctuating asymmetry (FA) is an imperfect measure of the developmental stability of an individual. Estimates of the heritability of FA will underestimate the heritability of developmental stability; the extent of this bias can be estimated and corrected by estimating the repeatability of developmental stability. This note corrects an error in a previous derivation of this repeatability using the absolute value of the difference between sides as the measure of FA, and derives the repeatability of developmental stability for another common measure of FA, the variance among sides within an individual.

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