Male-biased sex ratio does not promote increased sperm competitiveness in the seed beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus.
Kathryn B McNamara, Stephen P Robinson, Márta E Rosa, Nadia S Sloan, Emile van Lieshout, Leigh W Simmons
Sci Rep | Published : 2016
Sperm competition risk and intensity can select for adaptations that increase male fertilisation success. Evolutionary responses are examined typically by generating increased strength of sexual selection via direct manipulation of female mating rates (by enforcing monandry or polyandry) or by alteration of adult sex ratios. Despite being a model species for sexual selection research, the effect of sexual selection intensity via adult sex-ratio manipulation on male investment strategies has not been investigated in the seed beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus. We imposed 32 generations of experimental evolution on 10 populations of beetles by manipulating adult sex ratio. Contrary to prediction..View full abstract