Evolutionary Ecology of Social and Sexual Systems: Crustaceans As Model Organisms

Hardcover | September 25, 2007

EditorJ. Emmett Duffy, Martin Thiel

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Understanding of animal social and sexual evolution has seen a renaissance in recent years with discoveries of frequent infidelity in apparently monogamous species, the importance of sperm competition, active female mate choice, and eusocial behavior in animals outside the traditional socialinsect groups. Each of these findings has raised new questions, and suggested new answers, about the evolution of behavioral interactions among animals. This volume synthesizes recent research on the sexual and social biology of the Crustacea, one of the dominant invertebrate groups on earth. Itsstaggering diversity includes ecologically important inhabitants of nearly every environment from deep-sea trenches, through headwater streams, to desert soils. The wide range of crustacean phenotypes and environments is accompanied by a comparable diversity of behavioral and social systems,including the elaborate courtship and wildly exaggerated morphologies of fiddler crabs, the mysterious queuing behavior of migrating spiny lobsters, and even eusociality in coral-reef shrimps. This diversity makes crustaceans particularly valuable for exploring the comparative evolution of sexualand social systems. Despite exciting recent advances, however, general recognition of the value of Crustacea as models has lagged behind that of the better studied insects and vertebrates. This book synthesizes the state of the field in crustacean behavior and sociobiology and places it in aconceptually based, comparative framework that will be valuable to active researchers and students in animal behavior, ecology, and evolutionary biology. It brings together a group of internationally recognized and rising experts in fields related to crustacean behavioral ecology, ranging fromphysiology and functional morphology, through mating and social behavior, to ecology and phylogeny. Each chapter makes connections to other, non-crustacean taxa, and the volume closes with a summary section that synthesizes the contributions, discusses anthropogenic impacts, highlights unansweredquestions, and provides a vision for profitable future research.

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Understanding of animal social and sexual evolution has seen a renaissance in recent years with discoveries of frequent infidelity in apparently monogamous species, the importance of sperm competition, active female mate choice, and eusocial behavior in animals outside the traditional socialinsect groups. Each of these findings has rai...

J. Emmet Duffy is an Associate Professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary. Martin Thiel is an Adjunct Professor of Marine Biology at Universidad Catolica del Norte, Lorrondo.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 6.18 × 9.09 × 1.1 inPublished:September 25, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195179927

ISBN - 13:9780195179927

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