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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. Content type: Research article

    The effect of anthropogenic environments on the function of the vertebrate immune system is a problem of general importance. For example, it relates to the increasing rates of immunologically-based disease in ...

    Authors: Pascal I. Hablützel, Martha Brown, Ida M. Friberg and Joseph A. Jackson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:175

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    In most animal groups, it is unclear how body size variation relates to genital size differences between the sexes. While most morphological features tend to scale with total somatic size, this does not necess...

    Authors: Nik Lupše, Ren-Chung Cheng and Matjaž Kuntner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:161

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    Improved performance in a given ecological niche can occur through local adaptation, phenotypic plasticity, or a combination of these mechanisms. Evaluating the relative importance of these two mechanisms is n...

    Authors: Martin Laporte, Anne C. Dalziel, Nicolas Martin and Louis Bernatchez

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:160

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    Living anguilliform eels represent a distinct clade of elongated teleostean fishes inhabiting a wide range of habitats. Locomotion of these fishes is highly influenced by the elongated body shape, the anatomy ...

    Authors: Cathrin Pfaff, Roberto Zorzin and Jürgen Kriwet

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:159

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    The evolution of primate sexual swellings and their influence on mating strategies have captivated the interest of biologists for over a century. Across the primate order, variability in the timing of ovulatio...

    Authors: Pamela Heidi Douglas, Gottfried Hohmann, Róisín Murtagh, Robyn Thiessen-Bock and Tobias Deschner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:140

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    Modern cold-water coral and tropical coral environments harbor a highly diverse and ecologically important macrofauna of crustaceans that face elevated extinction risks due to reef decline. The effect of envir...

    Authors: Adiël A. Klompmaker, Sten L. Jakobsen and Bodil W. Lauridsen

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:132

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    Aggressive behaviors are an integral part of competitive interactions. There is considerable variation in aggressiveness among individuals both within and among species. Aggressiveness is a quantitative trait ...

    Authors: Urs Kalbitzer, Christian Roos, Gisela H. Kopp, Thomas M. Butynski, Sascha Knauf, Dietmar Zinner and Julia Fischer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:121

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    The visual system is important for animals for mate choice, food acquisition, and predator avoidance. Animals possessing a visual system can sense particular wavelengths of light emanating from objects and the...

    Authors: Yusuke Sakai, Hajime Ohtsuki, Satoshi Kasagi, Shoji Kawamura and Masakado Kawata

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:106

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    Intralocus sexual conflict, arising from selection for different alleles at the same locus in males and females, imposes a constraint on sex-specific adaptation. Intralocus sexual conflict can be alleviated by...

    Authors: David Berger, Tao You, Maravillas R. Minano, Karl Grieshop, Martin I. Lind, Göran Arnqvist and Alexei A. Maklakov

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:88

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    Studying how trophic traits and niche use are related in natural populations is important in order to understand adaptation and specialization. Here, we describe trophic trait diversity in twenty-five Norwegia...

    Authors: Kjartan Østbye, Chris Harrod, Finn Gregersen, Tom Klepaker, Michael Schulz, Dolph Schluter and Leif Asbjørn Vøllestad

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:102

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    Signals are essential for communication and play a fundamental role in the evolution and diversification of species. Olfactory, visual and acoustic species-specific signals have been shown to function for spec...

    Authors: Hanitriniaina Rakotonirina, Peter M. Kappeler and Claudia Fichtel

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:100

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    Black sparrowhawks (Accipiter melanoleucus) recently colonised the Cape Peninsula, South Africa, where the species faces competition for their nest sites from Egyptian geese (Alopochen aegyptiaca) which frequentl...

    Authors: Petra Sumasgutner, Juan Millán, Odette Curtis, Ann Koelsag and Arjun Amar

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:97

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    Sperm size and quality are key factors for fertilization success. There is increasing empirical evidence demonstrating that sperm form and function are influenced by selective pressures. Theoretical models pre...

    Authors: Dénes Schmera, Julia Pizá, Ellen Reinartz, Sylvain Ursenbacher and Bruno Baur

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:89

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    Inbreeding is often associated with a decrease in offspring fitness (‘inbreeding depression’). Moreover, it is generally assumed that the negative effects of inbreeding are exacerbated in stressful environment...

    Authors: Regina Vega-Trejo, Megan L. Head and Michael D. Jennions

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:68

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    Models that predict changes in the abundance and distribution of fauna under future climate change scenarios often assume that ecological niche and habitat availability are the major determinants of species’ r...

    Authors: Jane L. Younger, John van den Hoff, Barbara Wienecke, Mark Hindell and Karen J. Miller

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:61

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    Sperm competition between rival ejaculates over the fertilization of ova typically selects for the production of large numbers of sperm. An obvious way to increase sperm production is to increase testis size, ...

    Authors: Athina Giannakara, Lukas Schärer and Steven A. Ramm

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:60

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    Although most insect species are specialized on one or few groups of plants, there are phytophagous insects that seem to use virtually any kind of plant as food. Understanding the nature of this ability to fee...

    Authors: Maria de la Paz Celorio-Mancera, Christopher W. Wheat, Mikael Huss, Francesco Vezzi, Ramprasad Neethiraj, Johan Reimegård, Sören Nylin and Niklas Janz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:59

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    Ecological factors often have a strong impact on spatiotemporal patterns of biodiversity. The integration of spatial ecology and phylogenetics allows for rigorous tests of whether speciation is associated with...

    Authors: Zachary W. Culumber and Michael Tobler

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:44

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    Social and environmental factors can profoundly impact an individual’s investment of resources into different components of reproduction. Such allocation trade-offs are expected to be amplified under challengi...

    Authors: Topi K. Lehtonen, P. Andreas Svensson and Bob B. M. Wong

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:18

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    A host infected with multiple parasitic species provides a unique system to test evolutionary and ecological hypotheses. Different parasitic species associated with a single host are expected to occupy differe...

    Authors: Thomas Parmentier, Wouter Dekoninck and Tom Wenseleers

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:12

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    The eusocial Hymenoptera have radiated across a wide range of thermal environments, exposing them to significant physiological stressors. We reconstructed the evolutionary history of three families of Heat Sho...

    Authors: Andrew D. Nguyen, Nicholas J. Gotelli and Sara Helms Cahan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:15

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    Species or clades may retain or shift their environmental niche space over evolutionary time. Understanding these processes offers insights into the environmental processes fuelling lineage diversification and...

    Authors: Alexander Gamisch, Gunter Alexander Fischer and Hans Peter Comes

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:14

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    Skewed body size distributions and the high relative richness of small-bodied taxa are a fundamental property of a wide range of animal clades. The evolutionary processes responsible for generating these distr...

    Authors: James L. Rainford, Michael Hofreiter and Peter J. Mayhew

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:8

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    White-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar) are small Asian apes known for living in stable territories and producing loud, elaborate vocalizations (songs), often in well-coordinated male/female duets. The female great ...

    Authors: Thomas A. Terleph, S. Malaivijitnond and U. H. Reichard

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:4

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    Aggressive behaviour can have significant evolutionary consequences–not only within species, but also in the context of heterospecific interactions. Here, we carried out an experimental field study to investig...

    Authors: Topi K. Lehtonen, Karine Gagnon, Will Sowersby and Bob B. M. Wong

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:3

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    Hymenoptera that mass-provision their offspring have evolved elaborate antimicrobial strategies to ward off fungal infestation of the highly nutritive larval food. Females of the Afro-European Philanthus triangul...

    Authors: Katharina Weiss, Erhard Strohm, Martin Kaltenpoth and Gudrun Herzner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:291

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    Immune response induction benefits insects in combatting infection by pathogens. However, organisms have a limited amount of resources available and face the dilemma of partitioning resources between immunity ...

    Authors: Andrea Barthel, Heike Staudacher, Antje Schmaltz, David G. Heckel and Astrid T. Groot

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:282

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    Interactions between wildlife and humans are increasing. Urban animals are often less wary of humans than their non-urban counterparts, which could be explained by habituation, adaptation or local site selecti...

    Authors: Wouter F.D. van Dongen, Randall W. Robinson, Michael A. Weston, Raoul A. Mulder and Patrick-Jean Guay

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:253

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    Organisms may develop into multiple phenotypes under different nutritional environments by developmental plasticity, whereas the potential costs and mechanisms of such plasticity are poorly understood. Here we...

    Authors: Jiaqin Xie, Patrick De Clercq, Chang Pan, Haosen Li, Yuhong Zhang and Hong Pang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:276

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    Nannandry is a sexual system where males (”dwarf males”) are much smaller than the conspecific females. Dwarf males occur in a wide range of unrelated organisms but the evolutionary advantages of this conditio...

    Authors: Frida Rosengren, Bengt Hansson and Nils Cronberg

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:270

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    Maternal care (egg-nymph guarding behavior) has been recorded in some genera of Acanthosomatidae. However, the origin of the maternal care in the family has remained unclear due to the lack of phylogenetic hyp...

    Authors: Jing-Fu Tsai, Shin-ichi Kudo and Kazunori Yoshizawa

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:258

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    In social Hymenoptera (ants, bees and wasps), various chemical compounds present on the cuticle have been shown to act as fertility signals. In addition, specific queen-characteristic hydrocarbons have been im...

    Authors: Ricardo Caliari Oliveira, Cintia Akemi Oi, Mauricio Meirelles Castro do Nascimento, Ayrton Vollet-Neto, Denise Araujo Alves, Maria Claudia Campos, Fabio Nascimento and Tom Wenseleers

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:254

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    Whole genome duplications (WGDs) have been proposed to have made a significant impact on vertebrate evolution. Two rounds of WGD (1R and 2R) occurred in the common ancestor of Gnathostomata and Cyclostomata, f...

    Authors: Hikoyu Suzuki, Masato Nikaido, Kimiko Hagino-Yamagishi and Norihiro Okada

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:245

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    A multitude of correlations between heterozygosity and fitness proxies associated with disease have been reported from wild populations, but the genetic basis of these associations is unresolved. We used a lon...

    Authors: Patrick M. Brock, Simon J. Goodman, Ailsa J. Hall, Marilyn Cruz and Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:242

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    Unpredictable and inclement weather is increasing in strength and frequency, challenging organisms to respond adaptively. One way in which animals respond to environmental challenges is through the secretion o...

    Authors: JQ Ouyang, ÁZ Lendvai, R. Dakin, AD Domalik, VJ Fasanello, BG Vassallo, MF Haussmann, IT Moore and F. Bonier

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:219

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    Sexual selection is largely driven by the availability of mates. Theory predicts that male competition and female choice should be density-dependent, with males competing more intensely at relatively high dens...

    Authors: Robin M. Tinghitella, Chelsea Stehle and Janette W. Boughman

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:200

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    Hybridization between species is of conservation concern as it might threaten the genetic integrity of species. Anthropogenic factors can alter hybridization dynamics by introducing new potentially hybridizing...

    Authors: Katja Rohde, Yvonne Hau, Jessica Weyer and Axel Hochkirch

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:191

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    Eurypterids are a diverse group of chelicerates known from ~250 species with a sparse Ordovician record currently comprising 11 species; the oldest fully documented example is from the Sandbian of Avalonia. Th...

    Authors: James C. Lamsdell, Derek E. G. Briggs, Huaibao P. Liu, Brian J. Witzke and Robert M. McKay

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:169

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    For conservation of highly threatened species to be effective, it is crucial to differentiate natural population parameters from atypical behavioural, ecological and demographic characteristics associated with...

    Authors: Jessica V. Bryant, Valérie A. Olson, Helen J. Chatterjee and Samuel T. Turvey

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:171

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    Identifying the causes of intraspecific phenotypic variation is essential for understanding evolutionary processes that maintain diversity and promote speciation. In polymorphic species, the relative frequenci...

    Authors: Claire A. McLean, Devi Stuart-Fox and Adnan Moussalli

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:156

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