Sperm competition generates evolution of increased paternal investment in a sex role-reversed seed beetle
2014 (English)In: Journal of Evolutionary Biology, ISSN 1010-061X, E-ISSN 1420-9101, Vol. 27, no 12, 2841-2849 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
When males provide females with resources at mating, they can become the limiting sex in reproduction, in extreme cases leading to the reversal of typical courtship roles. The evolution of male provisioning is thought to be driven by male reproductive competition and selection for female fecundity enhancement. We used experimental evolution under male- or female-biased sex ratios and limited or unlimited food regimes to investigate the relative roles of these routes to male provisioning in a sex role-reversed beetle, Megabruchidius tonkineus, where males provide females with nutritious ejaculates. Males evolving under male-biased sex ratios transferred larger ejaculates than did males from female-biased populations, demonstrating a sizeable role for reproductive competition in the evolution of male provisioning. Although larger ejaculates elevated female lifetime offspring production, we found little evidence of selection for larger ejaculates via fecundity enhancement: males evolving under resource-limited and unlimited conditions did not differ in mean ejaculate size. Resource limitation did, however, affect the evolution of conditional ejaculate allocation. Our results suggest that the resource provisioning that underpins sex role reversal in this system is the result of male-male reproductive competition rather than of direct selection for males to enhance female fecundity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 27, no 12, 2841-2849 p.
experimental evolution, fecundity enhancement, Megabruchidius tonkineus, paternal investment, reproductive competition, sex role reversal
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-242014DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12549ISI: 000346280100025PubMedID: 25394675OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-242014DiVA: diva2:782293