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The evolution of insect mating systems / edited by David Shuker and Leigh Simmons
Shuker, David (ed.) ; Simmons, Leigh W. (coed.) (1960-) ;
Oxford, England : Oxford University Press , c2014
Clasificación: 595.7 / E9
Bibliotecas: Chetumal
SIBE Chetumal
ECO030008415 (Disponible)
Disponibles para prestamo: 1
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Resumen en inglés

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 an authoritative 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 far beyond 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 in shaping 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 successful reproduction. 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 of relevance and use to a broad audience of evolutionary biologists.


1. Modes of reproduction
2. Sexual selection theory
3. Mating systems
4. The genetics of insect mating systems
5. Reproductive physiology and behavior
6. Reproductive contests and the evolution of extreme weaponry
7. Alternative phenotypes within mating systems
8. Mate choice
9. The evolution of polyandry
10. Sperm competition
11. Cryptic female choice
12. Parental care
13. Parasites and pathogens in sexual selection
14. Sexual selection in social insects
15. The evolution of insect mating systems