Female resistance behaviour and progeny sex ratio in two Bradysia species (Diptera: Sciaridae) with paternal genome elimination
R Featherston, TM Jones, MA Elgar
Journal of Evolutionary Biology | WILEY | Published : 2013
The relationship between female mating preferences and sex allocation has received considerable theoretical and empirical support. Typically, choosier females adjust their progeny sex ratio towards sons, who inherit the attractive traits of their father. However, in species with paternal genome elimination, where male sperm do not contain the paternal genome, predictions for the direction of progeny sex ratio biases and their relationship with female choosiness are atypical. Paternal genome elimination also creates a potential for male-female conflict over sex allocation, and any influence of female mate choice on sex ratio outcomes have interesting implications for sexually antagonistic coe..View full abstract
RJF was funded by an Australian Entomological Society research grant, and TMJ was funded by a University of Melbourne Fellowship. We are grateful to two anonymous referees for their helpful comments.