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dc.contributor.authorGreenway, Elisabeth Virginia
dc.contributor.authorShuker, David Michael
dc.identifier.citationGreenway , 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 .
dc.descriptionFunding: NERC DTG ABE1-NERC13en
dc.description.abstractMating 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.
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Evolutionary Biologyen
dc.subjectSexual selectionen
dc.subjectInsect reproductionen
dc.subjectMating failureen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.titleThe repeatability of mating failure in a polyandrous bugen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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