The Evolution of Insect Mating Systems

Paperback | August 11, 2014

EditorDavid Shuker, Leigh Simmons

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Insects display a staggering diversity of mating and social behaviours. Studying these systems provides insights into a wide range of evolutionary and behavioural questions, such as the evolution of sex, sexual selection, sexual conflict, and parental care. This edited volume provides anauthoritative update of the landmark book in the field, The Evolution of Insect Mating Systems (Thornhill and Alcock, 1983), which had such a huge impact in shaping adaptationist approaches to the study of animal behaviour and influencing the study of the evolution of reproductive behaviour farbeyond the taxonomic remit of insects. This accessible new volume brings the empirical and conceptual scope of the original book fully up to date, incorporating the wealth of new knowledge and research of the last 30 years. It explores the evolution of complex forms of sex determination in insects, and the role of sexual selection inshaping the evolution of mating systems. Selection arising via male contest competition and female choice (both before and after copulation) are discussed, as are the roles of parasites and pathogens in mediating the strength of sexual selection, and the role that parental care plays in successfulreproduction.The Evolution of Insect Mating Systems is suitable for both graduate students and researchers interested in insect mating systems or behaviour from an evolutionary, genetical, physiological, or ecological perspective. Due to its interdisciplinary and concept-driven approach, it will also be ofrelevance and use to a broad audience of evolutionary biologists.

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Insects display a staggering diversity of mating and social behaviours. Studying these systems provides insights into a wide range of evolutionary and behavioural questions, such as the evolution of sex, sexual selection, sexual conflict, and parental care. This edited volume provides anauthoritative update of the landmark book in the ...

David Shuker is a NERC Advanced Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of St Andrews. His research focuses on the evolution of reproductive behaviour in insects. This work brings together functional and mechanistic studies at the genetic and whole organism level to test evolutionary theory. David has worked on various aspects ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:August 11, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Benjamin B. Normark: Modes of reproduction2. David Shuker: Sexual selection theory3. Hanna Kokko, Hope Klug and Michael D. Jennions: Mating systems4. Michael G. Ritchie and Roger K. Butlin: The genetics of insect mating systems5. Patricia J. Moore: Reproductive physiology and behaviour6. Douglas J. Emlen: Reproductive contests and the evolution of extreme weaponry7. Bruno A. Buzatto, Joseph L. Tomkins and Leigh W. Simmons: Alternative phenotypes within mating systems8. John Hunt and Scott K. Sakaluk: Mate choice9. Rhonda R Snook: The evolution of polyandry10. Leigh W. Simmons: Sperm competition11. Goran Arnqvist: Cryptic female choice12. Per T. Smiseth: Parental care13. Marlene Zuk and Nina Wedell: Parasites and pathogens in sexual selection14. Boris Baer: Sexual selection in social insects15. John Alcock and Randy Thornhill: The evolution of insect mating systems