Female size constrains egg size via the influence of reproductive organ size and resource storage in the seed beetle Callosobruchus chinensis

Shin Ichi Yanagi, Midori Tuda

研究成果: ジャーナルへの寄稿学術誌査読

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The standard egg size model predicts that a mother lays an optimal size of eggs in a given environment. However, there is evidence that larger females lay larger eggs across diverse animal taxa. This positive correlation suggests there are morphological constraints on egg size imposed by the size of the maternal organ through which eggs pass during oviposition. There is also evidence that large mothers that have greater capital resources produce large eggs. We tested whether morphological (ovipositor width) or physiological (maternal body weight as a measure of capital resources) mechanisms constrain egg size, using an inbred line of seed beetles, Callosobruchus chinensis. In addition, we tested whether having a wide ovipositor relative to body size is costly in terms of egg production. Egg width but not length increased with ovipositor width. Egg length and width increased with body weight. The cost of wider ovipositor was not detected. We conclude that females adjust egg size depending on capital resource level under the morphological constraint.

本文言語英語
ページ(範囲)1432-1437
ページ数6
ジャーナルJournal of insect physiology
58
11
DOI
出版ステータス出版済み - 11月 2012

!!!All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 生理学
  • 昆虫科学

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