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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

    It is often proposed that females should select genetically dissimilar mates to maximize offspring genetic diversity and avoid inbreeding. Several recent studies have provided mixed evidence, however, and in s...

    Authors: Coraline Bichet, Dustin J Penn, Yoshan Moodley, Luc Dunoyer, Elise Cellier-Holzem, Marie Belvalette, Arnaud Grégoire, Stéphane Garnier and Gabriele Sorci

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:47

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    The genetic and physiological pathways regulating behavior in solitary species are hypothesized to have been co-opted to regulate social behavior in social species. One classic example is the interaction betwe...

    Authors: Etya Amsalem, Osnat Malka, Christina Grozinger and Abraham Hefetz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:45

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    Animals use environmental information to make developmental decisions to maximise their fitness. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans measures its environment to decide between arresting development as dauer larva...

    Authors: Sylvia Anaid Diaz, Vincent Brunet, Guy C Lloyd-Jones, William Spinner, Barney Wharam and Mark Viney

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:46

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    The evolution of oogamy from isogamy, an important biological event, can be summarized as follows: morphologically similar gametes (isogametes) differentiated into small “male” and large “female” motile gamete...

    Authors: Hisayoshi Nozaki, Toshihiro K Yamada, Fumio Takahashi, Ryo Matsuzaki and Takashi Nakada

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:37

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    Coevolution between pairs of different kind of entities, such as providers and users of information, involves reciprocal selection pressures between them as a consequence of their ecological interaction. Pied ...

    Authors: Olli J Loukola, Toni Laaksonen, Janne-Tuomas Seppänen and Jukka T Forsman

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:32

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    Cannibalism is widespread in both vertebrates and invertebrates but its extent is variable between and within species. Cannibalism depends on population density and nutritional conditions, and could be benefic...

    Authors: Ashraf Tayeh, Arnaud Estoup, Eric Lombaert, Thomas Guillemaud, Natalia Kirichenko, Lori Lawson-Handley, Patrick De Clercq and Benoît Facon

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:15

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    Currently many habitats suffer from quality loss due to environmental change. As a consequence, evolutionary trajectories might shift due to environmental effects and potentially increase extinction risk of re...

    Authors: Vera M Grazer, Marco Demont, Łukasz Michalczyk, Matthew JG Gage and Oliver Y Martin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:21

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    The population genetic structure of a parasite, and consequently its ability to adapt to a given host, is strongly linked to its own life history as well as the life history of its host. While the effects of p...

    Authors: Jaap van Schaik, Gerald Kerth, Nadia Bruyndonckx and Philippe Christe

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:18

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    Directional selection for growth has resulted in the 9-10th generation of domesticated Atlantic salmon Salmo salar L. outgrowing wild salmon by a ratio of approximately 3:1 when reared under standard hatchery con...

    Authors: Monica Favnebøe Solberg, Zhiwei Zhang, Frank Nilsen and Kevin Alan Glover

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:234

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    The brood of ants and other social insects is highly susceptible to pathogens, particularly those that penetrate the soft larval and pupal cuticle. We here test whether the presence of a pupal cocoon, which oc...

    Authors: Simon Tragust, Line V Ugelvig, Michel Chapuisat, Jürgen Heinze and Sylvia Cremer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:225

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    Female mate preferences may be under strong selection in zones of contact between closely related species because of greater variation in available mates and the potential costs of hybridization. We studied fe...

    Authors: Quinn R Shurtliff, Peter J Murphy, Jaclyn D Yeiter and Marjorie D Matocq

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:220

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    Organisms are predicted to behave more favourably towards relatives, and kin-biased cooperation has been found in all domains of life from bacteria to vertebrates. Cooperation based on genetic recognition cues...

    Authors: Luke Holman, Jelle S van Zweden, Timothy A Linksvayer and Patrizia d’Ettorre

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:211

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    Scleractinian corals and their algal endosymbionts (genus Symbiodinium) exhibit distinct bathymetric distributions on coral reefs. Yet, few studies have assessed the evolutionary context of these ecological distr...

    Authors: Pim Bongaerts, Pedro R Frade, Julie J Ogier, Kyra B Hay, Judith van Bleijswijk, Norbert Englebert, Mark JA Vermeij, Rolf PM Bak, Petra M Visser and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:205

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    Many insects are chemically defended against predatory vertebrates and invertebrates. Nevertheless, our understanding of the evolution and diversity of insect defenses remains limited, since most studies have ...

    Authors: Jean-Luc Boevé, Stephan M Blank, Gert Meijer and Tommi Nyman

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:198

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    Life history tradeoffs may result from temporal and physiological constraints intrinsic to an organism. When faced with limited time and energy, compromises occur and these resources are allocated among essent...

    Authors: Michael M Webber and Javier A Rodríguez-Robles

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:197

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    Plants have evolved an astonishing array of survival strategies. To defend against insects, for example, damaged plants emit volatile organic compounds that attract the herbivore’s natural enemies. So far, pla...

    Authors: Michael Rostás, Daniel Maag, Makihiko Ikegami and Moshe Inbar

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:193

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    Repeated colonisation of novel host-plants is believed to be an essential component of the evolutionary success of phytophagous insects. The relative timing between the origin of an insect lineage and the plan...

    Authors: Michael J McLeish, Joseph T Miller and Laurence A Mound

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:188

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    Maintenance and deployment cost of immunity is high, therefore, it is expected to trade-off with other high cost traits like sexual activity. Previous studies with Drosophila melanogaster show that male’s ability...

    Authors: Vanika Gupta, Zeeshan S Ali and Nagaraj G Prasad

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:185

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    Despite its short-term costs, behaviour that appears altruistic can increase an individual’s inclusive fitness by earning direct (selfish) and/or indirect (kin-selected) benefits. An evolved preference for oth...

    Authors: David Moore, Stuart Wigby, Sinead English, Sonny Wong, Tamás Székely and Freya Harrison

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:182

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    The extent of phenotypic differentiation in response to local environmental conditions is a key component of species adaptation and persistence. Understanding the structuring of phenotypic diversity in respons...

    Authors: Diego F Alvarado-Serrano, Lucia Luna and L Lacey Knowles

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:160

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    Fiddler crabs, genus Uca, are classic examples of how intense sexual selection can produce exaggerated male traits. Throughout the genus the enlarged “major” cheliped (claw) of the male fiddler crab is used both ...

    Authors: Brook O Swanson, Matthew N George, Stuart P Anderson and John H Christy

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:137

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    Sex-limited polymorphisms have long intrigued evolutionary biologists and have been the subject of long-standing debates. The coexistence of multiple male and/or female morphs is widely believed to be maintain...

    Authors: Arne Iserbyt, Jessica Bots, Hans Van Gossum and Thomas N Sherratt

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:139

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    Anuran vocalizations, especially their advertisement calls, are largely species-specific and can be used to identify taxonomic affiliations. Because anurans are not vocal learners, their vocalizations are gene...

    Authors: Bruno Gingras, Elmira Mohandesan, Drasko Boko and W Tecumseh Fitch

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:134

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    Body shape is one of the most variable traits of organisms and responds to a broad array of local selective forces. In freshwater fish, divergent body shapes within single species have been repeatedly observed...

    Authors: Kristin Scharnweber, Kozo Watanabe, Jari Syväranta, Thomas Wanke, Michael T Monaghan and Thomas Mehner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:132

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    The gibel carp is a fish species with dual reproduction modes, gynogenesis and sexual reproduction, coexisting in mixed diploid-polyploid populations. Following the Red Queen (RQ) assumption, asexual organisms...

    Authors: Andrea Šimková, Martin Košař, Lukáš Vetešník and Martina Vyskočilová

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:122

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    Sexual conflict over mating rates may favour the origin and maintenance of phenotypes with contrasting reproductive strategies. The damselfly Ischnura elegans is characterised by a female colour polymorphism that...

    Authors: Rosa Ana Sánchez-Guillén, Martijn Hammers, Bengt Hansson, Hans Van Gossum, Adolfo Cordero-Rivera, Dalia Ivette Galicia Mendoza and Maren Wellenreuther

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:116

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    Understanding the evolution of species limits is important in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. Despite its likely importance in the evolution of these limits, little is known about phenotypic cova...

    Authors: M Julian Caley, Edward Cripps and Edward T Game

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:105

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    Several macroevolutionary hypotheses propose a synchrony between climatic changes and variations in the structure of faunal communities. Some of them focus on the importance of the species ecological specializ...

    Authors: Ana R Gómez Cano, Juan L Cantalapiedra, Aurora Mesa, Ana Moreno Bofarull and Manuel Hernández Fernández

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:94

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    Early evolutionary theories of aging predict that populations which experience low extrinsic mortality evolve a retarded onset of senescence. Experimental support for this theory in vertebrates is scarce, in p...

    Authors: Eva Terzibasi Tozzini, Alexander Dorn, Enoch Ng’oma, Matej Polačik, Radim Blažek, Kathrin Reichwald, Andreas Petzold, Brian Watters, Martin Reichard and Alessandro Cellerino

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:77

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    Adaptation, which induces differentiation between populations in relation to environmental conditions, can initiate divergence. The balance between gene flow and selection determines the maintenance of such a ...

    Authors: Thibault Leroy, Christophe Lemaire, Frank Dunemann and Bruno Le Cam

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:64

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    Acquisition of upright posture in evolution has been argued to facilitate manual laterality in primates. Owing to the high variety of postural habits marsupials can serve as a suitable model to test whether th...

    Authors: Andrey Giljov, Karina Karenina and Yegor Malashichev

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:61

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    One of the most widely accepted ecomorphological relationships in vertebrates is the negative correlation between intestinal length and proportion of animal prey in diet. While many fish groups exhibit this ge...

    Authors: Aaron M Davis, Peter J Unmack, Bradley J Pusey, Richard G Pearson and David L Morgan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:53

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    Whereas the impact of endosymbionts on the ecology of their hosts is well known in some insect species, the question of whether host communities are influenced by endosymbionts remains largely unanswered. Nota...

    Authors: Adrien Merville, Samuel Venner, Hélène Henri, Agnès Vallier, Frédéric Menu, Fabrice Vavre, Abdelaziz Heddi and Marie-Claude Bel-Venner

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:28

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    In stark contrast to the wealth of detail about C. elegans developmental biology and molecular genetics, biologists lack basic data for understanding the abundance and distribution of Caenorhabditis species in na...

    Authors: Marie-Anne Félix, Richard Jovelin, Céline Ferrari, Shery Han, Young Ran Cho, Erik C Andersen, Asher D Cutter and Christian Braendle

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:10

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    Competitive social interactions are ubiquitous in nature, but their genetic basis is difficult to determine. Much can be learned from single gene knockouts in a eukaryote microbe. The mutants can be competed w...

    Authors: Lorenzo A Santorelli, Adam Kuspa, Gad Shaulsky, David C Queller and Joan E Strassmann

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:4

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    Numerous recent studies have shown that resident symbiotic microorganisms of insects play a fundamental role in host ecology and evolution. The lepidopteran pest, African armyworm (Spodoptera exempta), is a highl...

    Authors: Robert I Graham and Kenneth Wilson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:204

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:6

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    Mutualistic interactions are wide-spread but the mechanisms underlying their evolutionary stability and ecological dynamics remain poorly understood. Cultivation mutualisms in which hosts consume symbionts occ...

    Authors: Aniek BF Ivens, Daniel JC Kronauer, Ido Pen, Franz J Weissing and Jacobus J Boomsma

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:106

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