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BMC Evolutionary Biology

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

    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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