The repeatability of mating failure in a polyandrous bug
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Mating failure, characterised by the lack of production of offspring following copulation, is relatively common across taxa yet is little understood. It is unclear if mating failures are stochastic occurrences between incompatible mating partners or represent a persistent, meaningful phenotype on the part of one or other sex. Here we test this in the seed bug Lygaeus simulans, by sequentially mating families of males with randomly-allocated unrelated females and calculating the repeatability of mating outcome for each individual male and family. Mating outcome is significantly repeatable within individual males but not across full-sib brothers. We conclude that mating failure represents a consistent male-associated phenotype with low heritability in this species, affected by as yet undetermined environmental influences on males.
Greenway , E V & Shuker , D M 2015 , ' The repeatability of mating failure in a polyandrous bug ' Journal of Evolutionary Biology , vol 28 , no. 8 , pp. 1578-1582 . DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12678
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Funding: NERC DTG ABE1-NERC13
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