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Courtship Behaviour in Drosophila: Sexual Isolation or Sexual Selection

Courtship Behaviour in Drosophila: Sexual Isolation or Sexual Selection

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Published by Maurice Dow
The theory of sexual selection and isolation lays heavy emphasis on the role of the female - defined as the sex with the higher parental investment - in these activities. The male investment is, however, not negligible and we hypothesize that, under certain, well defined conditions, sexual isolation will be a function of male behaviour, whereas sexual selection will always mainly be a female prerogative.
We present behavioural data from observations of intra- and interspecific single pair matings of 5 sibling species of the Drosophila melanogaster group - D. melanogaster, D. simulans,
D. mauritiana, D. teissieri, D. yakuba.
The results are consistent with our hypothesis. Males are primarily responsible for sexual isolation, whereas females dominate sexual selection
The theory of sexual selection and isolation lays heavy emphasis on the role of the female - defined as the sex with the higher parental investment - in these activities. The male investment is, however, not negligible and we hypothesize that, under certain, well defined conditions, sexual isolation will be a function of male behaviour, whereas sexual selection will always mainly be a female prerogative.
We present behavioural data from observations of intra- and interspecific single pair matings of 5 sibling species of the Drosophila melanogaster group - D. melanogaster, D. simulans,
D. mauritiana, D. teissieri, D. yakuba.
The results are consistent with our hypothesis. Males are primarily responsible for sexual isolation, whereas females dominate sexual selection

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Published by: Maurice Dow on Jun 07, 2013
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