Sexual selection in hermaphrodites, sperm and broadcast spawners, plants and fungi

Beekman, Madeleine, Nieuwenhuis, Bart, Ortiz-Barrientos, Daniel and Evans, Jonathan P (2016) Sexual selection in hermaphrodites, sperm and broadcast spawners, plants and fungi. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences, 371 1706: . doi:10.1098/rstb.2015.0541


Author Beekman, Madeleine
Nieuwenhuis, Bart
Ortiz-Barrientos, Daniel
Evans, Jonathan P
Title Sexual selection in hermaphrodites, sperm and broadcast spawners, plants and fungi
Journal name Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2970
0962-8436
Publication date 2016-10-19
Year available 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1098/rstb.2015.0541
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 371
Issue 1706
Total pages 13
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher The Royal Society Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Darwin was the first to recognize that sexual selection is a strong evolutionary force. Exaggerated traits allow same-sex individuals to compete over access to mates and provide a mechanism by which mates are selected. It is relatively easy to appreciate how inter- and intrasexual selection work in organisms with the sensory capabilities to perceive physical or behavioural traits that signal mate quality or mate compatibility, and to assess the relative quality of competitors. It is therefore not surprising that most studies of sexual selection have focused on animals with separate sexes and obvious adaptations that function in the context of reproductive competition. Yet, many sexual organisms are both male and female at the same time, often lack sexual dimorphism and never come into direct contact at mating. How does sexual selection act in such species, and what can we learn from them? Here, we address these questions by exploring the potential for sexual selection in simultaneous hermaphrodites, sperm- and broadcast spawners, plants and fungi. Our reviewreveals a range of mechanisms of sexual selection, operating primarily after gametes have been released, which are common in many of these groups and also quite possibly in more familiar (internally fertilizing and sexually dimorphic) organisms.
Keyword Anisogamy
Hermaphroditism
Pollination
Sexual conflict
Sexual selection
Sperm competition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID FT120100120
Institutional Status UQ

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