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dc.contributor.advisorTomkins, Joseph L.
dc.contributor.advisorRitchie, Michael G.
dc.contributor.authorBrown, Gordon S.
dc.coverage.spatial149en
dc.date.accessioned2008-01-18T12:45:18Z
dc.date.available2008-01-18T12:45:18Z
dc.date.issued2007-06-22
dc.identifieruk.bl.ethos.552005 
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/409
dc.descriptionSome portions of this electronic text have been removed owing to copyright restrictionsen
dc.description.abstractThe European earwig exhibits a remarkable male-dimorphism in forceps morphology that is associated with alternative reproductive tactics under the control of a conditional evolutionarily stable strategy. Populations on the small, rocky islands of the Farnes off the Northumberland coast are known to sustain populations with dramatically higher morph ratios than observed on the UK mainland. A survey conducted of island and mainland sites around the UK showed that the dimorphic populations of the Farnes are similar to other islands and that mainland populations generally exhibit low morph ratios. Additionally, a correlation between morph ratio and population density was found lending support to the hypothesis that the ESS thresholds that define the morph ratios have diverged through local adaptation. A set of seven microsatellite markers are presented that were developed from a Farne island population of F. auricularia with one additional, previously published locus. These eight markers exhibit genetic variability within and between populations and as such can potentially be applied at a range of scales, from broad-scale phylogeography to within population parentage studies. A phylogeographic study of the UK populations using these markers suggests a single postglacial colonisation from mainland Europe and give further support to the local adaptation hypothesis of ESS threshold evolution. A study of ejaculate size in F. auricularia showed that the males transfer free sperm at a steady rate and that the morphs do not differ in the number of sperm per ejaculate. Measurements of change in body-mass were found to be ineffective measures of ejaculate size, but that macrolabic males lost more weight during copula than brachylabic males. This may be the result of differential investment in accessory ejaculate components between the morphs, as a result of the differing risk of sperm competition.en
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
dc.subjectMale dimorphismen
dc.subjectPhylogeographyen
dc.subjectMicrosatellitesen
dc.subjectAlternative reproductive tacticsen
dc.subjectConditional strategyen
dc.subjectEuropean earwigen
dc.subjectForficula auriculariaen
dc.subjectDermapteraen
dc.subjectSperm competitionen
dc.subject.lccQL510.3F6B8
dc.subject.lcshEuropean earwig--Reproductionen
dc.subject.lcshSperm competitionen
dc.subject.lcshDimorphism (Animals)en
dc.titleSperm competition and male forceps dimorphism in the European earwig Forficula auricularia (Dermaptera: Forficulina)en
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.sponsorNatural Environment Research Council (NERC)en
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen


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