No evidence that female bruchid beetles Callosobruchus maculatus use remating to reduce costs of inbreeding
2008 (English)In: Animal Behaviour, ISSN 0003-3472, Vol. 75, no Part 4, 1519-1524 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Despite the often dramatic negative effects of inbreeding on offspring fitness, matings between closely related individuals sometimes occur. This may be because females cannot reliably recognize related males before mating with them. As an alternative to precopulatory choice, polyandrous females may avoid inbreeding through postcopulatory mechanisms if they can assess mate relatedness during or after copulation. These mechanisms include increasing remating propensity and decreasing rate of offspring production in response to incestuous matings. Stored product pests, such as the bruchid beetle Callosobruchus maculatus, have an ecology that is likely to expose them to frequent risks of inbreeding when a small number of females found a new population on a previously uninfested store of beans. Using this species, we show that inbreeding has negative effects on offspring viability but that females do not appear to discriminate between brothers and unrelated males prior to mating. Furthermore, females that first mated with brothers did not increase their remating propensity or decrease their rate of offspring production relative to females that first mated with unrelated males. Our findings suggest that the costs of inbreeding have not been sufficient to drive the evolution of mating behaviour as a mechanism of inbreeding avoidance in C. maculatus.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 75, no Part 4, 1519-1524 p.
bruchid beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus, inbreeding avoidance, inbreeding depression, mate choice
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-92942DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2007.10.005ISI: 000254258000035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-92942DiVA: diva2:166267