Different female mating rates in different populations do not reflect the benefits the females gain from polyandry in the adzuki bean beetle

Gen Sakurai, Eiiti Kasuya

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The question why females in many species mate with several males (polyandry) has engaged the interest of evolutionary biologists for many years, and many studies have been conducted on the nature of the benefits that the females gain from polyandry. To understand the variation of female mating rates among species and populations it is indispensable to test the prediction that females of more polyandrous populations experience larger fitness benefit than those of less polyandrous populations. We compared the fitness components of two strains of the adzuki bean beetle Callosobruchus chinensis that have genetically different female mating rates. We measured the number of hatched eggs of once-copulated females and twice-copulated females in each strain. The statistical interaction for the number of hatched eggs between the number of matings and strains was determined. The increase in the number of hatched eggs is larger for the lower mating-rate strain than for the higher mating rate strain. This means that females of the lower mating-rate strain would have larger fitness gain from polyandry than those of the higher mating-rate strain. The actual mating rates of females did not reflect female interests in adzuki bean beetles, suggesting they are affected by sexual conflict.

本文言語英語
ページ(範囲)93-98
ページ数6
ジャーナルJournal of Ethology
26
1
DOI
出版ステータス出版済み - 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 生態、進化、行動および分類学
  • 動物科学および動物学

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