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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

    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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