Experimental evolution reveals divergence in female genital teeth morphology in response to sexual conflict intensity in a moth.
Kathryn B McNamara, Liam R Dougherty, Nina Wedell, Leigh W Simmons
Journal of Evolutionary Biology | Wiley | Published : 2019
The rapid evolutionary divergence of male genital structures under sexual selection is well documented. However, variation in female genital traits and the potential for sexual conflict to drive the coevolution between male and female traits has only recently received attention. In many lepidopterans, females possess genital teeth (collectively, signa). Comparative studies suggest these teeth, involved in the deflation of spermatophores, may have coevolved with male spermatophore thickness via sexually antagonistic coevolution in a contest over the rate of deflation of spermatophores within the reproductive tract. We tested the hypothesis that sexual conflict should generate coevolution betw..View full abstract