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Evolutionary ecology and behaviour

This section considers studies in the areas of evolutionary behaviour and ecology including sexual conflict and selection.

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  1. Disentangling the selective factors shaping adaptive trait variation is an important but challenging task. Many studies—especially in Drosophila—have documented trait variation along latitudinal or altitudinal cl...

    Authors: Jeremy S. Davis and Leonie C. Moyle

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:204

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  2. Raising unrelated offspring is typically wasteful of parental resources and so individuals are expected to reduce or maintain low levels of parental effort when their parentage is low. This can involve faculta...

    Authors: Holger Zimmermann, Karoline Fritzsche, Jonathan M. Henshaw, Cyprian Katongo, Taylor Banda, Lawrence Makasa, Kristina M. Sefc and Aneesh P. H. Bose

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:200

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  3. The existence of extended post-reproductive lifespan is an evolutionary puzzle, and its taxonomic prevalence is debated. One way of measuring post-reproductive life is with post-reproductive representation, th...

    Authors: Simon N. Chapman, John Jackson, Win Htut, Virpi Lummaa and Mirkka Lahdenperä

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:193

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  4. The genus Ilex (Aquifoliaceae) has a near-cosmopolitan distribution in mesic habitats from tropical to temperate lowlands and in alpine forests. It has a high rate of hybridization and plastid capture, and compri...

    Authors: Xin Yao, Yun-hong Tan, Jun-bo Yang, Yan Wang, Richard T. Corlett and Jean-François Manen

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:192

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  5. Studying reproductive trait allometries can help to understand optimal male investment strategies under sexual selection. In promiscuous mating systems, studies across several taxa suggest that testes allometr...

    Authors: Lennart Winkler, Leon M. Kirch, Klaus Reinhold and Steven A. Ramm

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:185

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  6. Diversity at the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) is critical to health and fitness, such that MHC genotype may predict an individual’s quality or compatibility as a competitor, ally, or mate. Moreover, ...

    Authors: Kathleen E. Grogan, Rachel L. Harris, Marylène Boulet and Christine M. Drea

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:171

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  7. Female promiscuity is highly variable among birds, and particularly among songbirds. Comparative work has identified several patterns of covariation with social, sexual, ecological and life history traits. How...

    Authors: Jan T. Lifjeld, Jostein Gohli, Tomáš Albrecht, Eduardo Garcia-del-Rey, Lars Erik Johannessen, Oddmund Kleven, Petter Z. Marki, Taiwo C. Omotoriogun, Melissah Rowe and Arild Johnsen

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:169

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  8. In the wake of climate change many environments will be exposed to increased and more variable temperatures. Knowledge about how species and populations respond to altered temperature regimes is therefore impo...

    Authors: Johanna Sunde, Per Larsson and Anders Forsman

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:148

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  9. Understanding the mechanisms by which diversity is maintained in pathogen populations is critical for epidemiological predictions. Life-history trade-offs have been proposed as a hypothesis for explaining long...

    Authors: Elina Numminen, Elise Vaumourin, Steven R. Parratt, Lucie Poulin and Anna-Liisa Laine

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:142

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  10. A decade ago, the mixed reproductive strategy Asexual Queen Succession (AQS) was first described in termites. In AQS species, the workers, soldiers and dispersing reproductives are produced through sexual repr...

    Authors: Simon Hellemans, Klára Dolejšová, Jan Křivánek, Denis Fournier, Robert Hanus and Yves Roisin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:131

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  11. Studying variation in life-history traits and correlated behaviours, such as boldness and foraging (i.e., pace-of-life syndrome), allows us to better understand how these traits evolve in a changing environmen...

    Authors: Beatriz Diaz Pauli, Sarah Garric, Charlotte Evangelista, L. Asbjørn Vøllestad and Eric Edeline

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:127

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  12. Several genetic lineages of obligate parthenogenetic Daphnia pulex, a common zooplankton species, have invaded Japan from North America. Among these, a lineage named JPN1 is thought to have started colonization a...

    Authors: Xiaofei Tian, Hajime Ohtsuki and Jotaro Urabe

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:122

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  13. Host genotype - parasite genotype co-evolutionary dynamics are influenced by local biotic and abiotic environmental conditions. This results in spatially heterogeneous selection among host populations. How suc...

    Authors: Agnes Piecyk, Olivia Roth and Martin Kalbe

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:80

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:101

  14. Medullary bone (MB) is an estrogen-dependent, sex-specific tissue produced by female birds during lay and inferred to be present in extinct avemetatarsalians (bird-line archosaurs). Although preliminary studie...

    Authors: Aurore Canoville, Mary H. Schweitzer and Lindsay E. Zanno

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:71

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  15. Sex-determining systems may profoundly influence the ecology, behaviour and demography of animals, yet these relationships are poorly understood. Here we investigate whether species with temperature-dependent ...

    Authors: Veronika Bókony, Gregory Milne, Ivett Pipoly, Tamás Székely and András Liker

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:57

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  16. DNA barcoding utilises a standardised region of the cytochrome c oxidase I (COI) gene to identify specimens to the species level. It has proven to be an effective tool for identification of avian samples. The uni...

    Authors: Jacqueline Tizard, Selina Patel, John Waugh, Erika Tavares, Tjard Bergmann, Brian Gill, Janette Norman, Les Christidis, Paul Scofield, Oliver Haddrath, Allan Baker, David Lambert and Craig Millar

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:52

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  17. Phenotypic plasticity is a pervasive property of all organisms and considered to be of key importance for dealing with environmental variation. Plastic responses to temperature, which is one of the most import...

    Authors: Kristin Franke, Isabell Karl, Tonatiuh Pena Centeno, Barbara Feldmeyer, Christian Lassek, Vicencio Oostra, Katharina Riedel, Mario Stanke, Christopher W. Wheat and Klaus Fischer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:32

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  18. Horizontal gene transfer and gene duplication are two major mechanisms contributing to the evolutionary adaptation of organisms. Previously, polygalacturonase genes (PGs) were independently horizontally transf...

    Authors: Pengjun Xu, Bin Lu, Jinyan Liu, Jiangtao Chao, Philip Donkersley, Robert Holdbrook and Yanhui Lu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:12

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  19. Adaptive radiations are triggered by ecological opportunity – the access to novel niche domains with abundant available resources that facilitate the formation of new ecologically divergent species. Therefore,...

    Authors: Joshua W. Lambert, Martin Reichard and Daniel Pincheira-Donoso

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:10

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  20. Social insects are among the most serious invasive pests in the world, particularly successful at monopolizing environmental resources to outcompete native species and achieve ecological dominance. The invasiv...

    Authors: Pierre-André Eyer, Bryant McDowell, Laura N. L. Johnson, Luis A. Calcaterra, Maria Belen Fernandez, DeWayne Shoemaker, Robert T. Puckett and Edward L. Vargo

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:209

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  21. Obligate pollination mutualisms (OPMs) are specialized interactions in which female pollinators transport pollen between the male and female flowers of a single plant species and then lay eggs into those same ...

    Authors: J. T. D. Finch, S. A. Power, J. A. Welbergen and J. M. Cook

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:193

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  22. Adaptive evolution is one of the crucial mechanisms for organisms to survive and thrive in new environments. Recent studies suggest that adaptive evolution could rapidly occur in species to respond to novel en...

    Authors: Yiyong Chen, Noa Shenkar, Ping Ni, Yaping Lin, Shiguo Li and Aibin Zhan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:187

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  23. Comparing sexual size dimorphism (SSD) in the light of the phylogenetic hypothesis may help to understand the phenotypic evolution associated with sexual selection (size of whole body and of reproduction-relat...

    Authors: Guadalupe López Juri, Margarita Chiaraviglio and Gabriela Cardozo

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:186

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  24. Algal isomorphic biphasic life cycles alternate between free-living diploid (tetrasporophytes) and haploid (dioicious gametophytes) phases and the hypotheses explaining their maintenance are still debated. Cla...

    Authors: Vasco M. N. C. S. Vieira, Aschwin H. Engelen, Oscar R. Huanel and Marie-Laure Guillemin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:183

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  25. Breeding site choice constitutes an important part of the species niche. Nest predation affects breeding site choice, and has been suggested to drive niche segregation and local coexistence of species. Intersp...

    Authors: Jere Tolvanen, Janne-Tuomas Seppänen, Mikko Mönkkönen, Robert L. Thomson, Hannu Ylönen and Jukka T. Forsman

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:181

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  26. The distinction between lineages of neotropical bats from the Pteronotus parnellii species complex has been previously made according to mitochondrial DNA, and especially morphology and acoustics, in order to sep...

    Authors: Ondine Filippi-Codaccioni, Marie-Pauline Beugin, Damien M. de Vienne, Elodie Portanier, David Fouchet, Cecile Kaerle, Lina Muselet, Guillaume Queney, Eric J. Petit, Corinne Regis, Jean-Baptiste Pons and Dominique Pontier

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:175

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  27. Conditional differentiation is one of the most fundamental drivers of biodiversity. Competitive entities (usually species) differ in environmental or ecological niche enabling them to co-exist. Conditional dif...

    Authors: Vasco M. N. C. S. Vieira, Aschwin H. Engelen, Oscar R. Huanel and Marie-Laure Guillemin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:174

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  28. Tamquammys has been considered one of the basal ctenodactyloid rodents, which has been documented in the earliest to middle Eocene (~ 56.0–48.5 Ma) in China. It was the most abundant and widespread rodent genus i...

    Authors: Łucja Fostowicz-Frelik, Qian Li and Xijun Ni

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:150

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  29. Adaptation to new hosts in phytophagous insects often involves mechanisms of host recognition by genes of sensory pathways. Most often the molecular evolution of sensory genes has been explained in the context...

    Authors: Fernando Diaz, Carson W. Allan and Luciano M. Matzkin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:144

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  30. Sexual selection continues after copulation via either sperm competition or cryptic female choice, and favors sperm traits that maximize sperm competitiveness. Both sperm swimming velocity and longevity are im...

    Authors: Alfonso Rojas Mora, Magali Meniri, Sabrina Ciprietti and Fabrice Helfenstein

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:142

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  31. While the communities constituted by phytophageous insects and their parasites may represent half of all terrestrial animal species, understanding their diversification remains a major challenge. A neglected i...

    Authors: Hui Yu, Dan Liang, Enwei Tian, Linna Zheng and Finn Kjellberg

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:134

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  32. The zooplanktonic cladocerans Daphnia, present in a wide range of water bodies, are an important component of freshwater ecosystems. In contrast to their high dispersal capacity through diapausing eggs carried by...

    Authors: Mingbo Yin, Xiaoyu Wang, Xiaolin Ma, Sabine Gießler, Adam Petrusek, Johanna Griebel, Wei Hu and Justyna Wolinska

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:130

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  33. Spatial isolation, diverging environmental conditions and social structures may lead to the differentiation of various traits, e.g. molecules, morphology and behaviour. Bird calls may provide important informa...

    Authors: Jan Christian Habel, Martin Husemann and Werner Ulrich

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:112

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  34. The maintenance of considerable genetic variation in sexually selected traits (SSTs) is puzzling given directional selection expected to act on these traits. A possible explanation is the existence of a genoty...

    Authors: Agata Plesnar-Bielak, Anna Maria Skwierzyńska, Kasper Hlebowicz and Jacek Radwan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:109

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  35. Symbiosis is a major source of evolutionary innovation and, by allowing species to exploit new ecological niches, underpins the functioning of ecosystems. The transition from free-living to obligate symbiosis ...

    Authors: Ewan J. A. Minter, Chris D. Lowe, Megan E. S. Sørensen, A. Jamie Wood, Duncan D. Cameron and Michael A. Brockhurst

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:108

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  36. Along with sperm, in many taxa ejaculates also contain large numbers of seminal fluid proteins (SFPs). SFPs and sperm are transferred to the mating partner, where they are thought to play key roles in mediatin...

    Authors: Michael Weber, Julia Wunderer, Birgit Lengerer, Robert Pjeta, Marcelo Rodrigues, Lukas Schärer, Peter Ladurner and Steven A. Ramm

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:81

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  37. Understanding genomic and phenotypic diversity among cryptic pest taxa has important implications for the management of pests and diseases. The diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella L., has been intensively studi...

    Authors: Kym D. Perry, Gregory J. Baker, Kevin J. Powis, Joanne K. Kent, Christopher M. Ward and Simon W. Baxter

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:77

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  38. If a parasite is able to transmit horizontally or vertically, which transmission mode will it choose? We investigated how the growth conditions and the genotype of the mosquito Aedes aegypti affect the transmissi...

    Authors: Giacomo Zilio, Kevin Thiévent and Jacob C. Koella

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:59

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  39. Energy (resources) acquired by animals should be allocated towards competing demands, maintenance, growth, reproduction and fat storage. Reproduction has the second lowest priority in energy allocation and onl...

    Authors: Lin Zhang, Kun Guo, Guang-Zheng Zhang, Long-Hui Lin and Xiang Ji

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:45

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  40. Understanding the genetic and environmental mechanisms governing variation in morphology or phenology in wild populations is currently an important challenge. While there is a general consensus that selection ...

    Authors: E. Quéméré, J. M. Gaillard, M. Galan, C. Vanpé, I. David, M. Pellerin, P. Kjellander, A. J. M. Hewison and J. M. Pemberton

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:39

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  41. The maternally inherited endosymbiont Wolbachia is widespread in arthropods and nematodes and can play an important role in the ecology and evolution of its host through reproductive manipulation. Here, we survey...

    Authors: Hannes Schuler, Scott P. Egan, Glen R. Hood, Robert W. Busbee, Amanda L. Driscoe and James R. Ott

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:37

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