The diversification of mate preferences by natural and sexual selection

Rundle, H.D., Chenoweth, S.F. and Blows, M.W. (2009) The diversification of mate preferences by natural and sexual selection. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 22 8: 1608-1615. doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01773.x

Author Rundle, H.D.
Chenoweth, S.F.
Blows, M.W.
Title The diversification of mate preferences by natural and sexual selection
Journal name Journal of Evolutionary Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1010-061X
Publication date 2009-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01773.x
Volume 22
Issue 8
Start page 1608
End page 1615
Total pages 8
Editor A J Moore
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
0603 Evolutionary Biology
0604 Genetics
Formatted abstract
The evolution of sexual display traits or preferences for them in response to divergent natural selection will alter sexual selection within populations, yet the role of sexual selection in ecological speciation has received little empirical attention. We evolved 12 populations of Drosophila serrata in a two-way factorial design to investigate the roles of natural and sexual selection in the evolution of female mate preferences for male cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs). Mate preferences weakened in populations evolving under natural selection alone, implying a cost in the absence of their expression. Comparison of the vectors of linear sexual selection revealed that the populations diverged in the combination of male CHCs that females found most attractive, although this was not significant using a mixed modelling approach. Changes in preference direction tended to evolve when natural and sexual selection were unconstrained, suggesting that both processes may be the key to initial stages of ecological speciation. Determining the generality of this result will require data from various species across a range of novel environments.
Keyword Cuticular hydrocarbons
Drosophila serrata
Ecological speciation
Experimental evolution
Mate preferences
Random regression
Sexual selection
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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