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Cryptic Female Choice in Arthropods: Patterns, Mechanisms and Prospects

By: Alfredo Vicente Peretti(Editor), Anita Aisenberg(Editor), Randy Thornhill(Foreword By)

509 pages, 25 colour photos and colour illustrations, 32 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, tables


Hardback | Jun 2015 | #223512 | ISBN-13: 9783319178936
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This timely book revisits cryptic female choice in arthropods, gathering detailed contributions from around the world to address key behavioral, ecological and evolutionary questions. The reader will find a critical summary of major breakthroughs in taxon-oriented chapters that offer many new perspectives and cases to explore, and in many cases unpublished data. Many groups of arthropods such as spiders, harvestmen, flies, moths, crickets, earwigs, beetles, eusocial insects, shrimp and crabs are discussed.

Sexual selection is currently the focus of numerous and controversial theoretical and experimental studies. Selection in mating and post-mating patterns can be shaped by several different mechanisms, including sperm competition, extreme sexual conflict and cryptic female choice. Discrimination among males during or after copulation is called cryptic female choice because it occurs after intromission, the event that was formerly used as the definitive criterion of male reproductive success, and is therefore usually difficult to detect and confirm. Because it sequentially follows intra- and intersexual interactions that occur before copulation, cryptic female choice has the power to alter or negate precopulatory sexual selection. However, though female roles in biasing male paternity after copulation have been proposed for a number of species distributed in many animal groups, cryptic female choice continues to be often underestimated. Furthermore, in recent years the concept of sexual conflict has been frequently misused, linking sexual selection by female choice irrevocably and exclusively with sexually antagonistic co-evolution, without exploring other alternatives.

Cryptic Female Choice in Arthropods offers an essential source of information on how two fields, selective cooperation and individual sex interests, work together in the context of cryptic female choice in nature, using arthropods as model organisms. It is bound to spark valuable discussions among scientists working in evolutionary biology across the world, motivating new generations to unveil the astonishing secrets of sexual biology throughout the animal kingdom.


Preface (Editors)

1. Introduction. General considerations on cryptic female choice: the value of arthropods (William G. Eberhard)
2. Potential for CFC in female black widows (genus Latrodectus): Mechanisms and social context (Maydianne C.B. Andrade, Emily C. MacLeod)
3. Cryptic female choice within the genus Argiope: a comparative approach (Jutta Schneider, Gabriele Uhl, Marie Herberstein)
4. Cryptic female choice through mating plug formation in two tropical orb-weaving spiders (Anita Aisenberg, Gilbert Barrantes, William G. Eberhard)
5. Post-copulatory sexual selection in Pholcidae and other haplogyne spiders (Lucia Calbacho-Rosa, Alfredo V. Peretti)
6. Cryptic female choice and nuptial gifts: what can we learn from spiders? (Luiz Ernesto Costa-Schmidt)
7. Cryptic female choice in harvestment (Glauco Machado, Gustavo S. Requena, Carlos A. Toscano-Gadea, Estefania Stanley, Rogelio Macias-Ordonez)
8. Cryptic female choice in rock shrimp and other crustaceans (Martin Thiel, Stefan Dennenmoser)
9. What do duets and dialogues before and during mating have in common? The back and forth of stimulation and inducement involved in cryptic female choice (Rafael L. Rodriguez).-10. Current views of odonate mating and genitalic evolution (Alex Cordoba-Aguilar, Daniel M. Gonzalez-Tokman)
11. Sperm storage strategies in female earwigs: what is the indirect cryptic female choice? (Yoshitaka Kamimura)
12. Cryptic female choice in crickets (Orthoptera: Ensifera) (Karim Vahed)
13. The corpus bursae of female Lepidoptera as a playing field for sexually antagonistic coevolution and cryptic female choice (Carlos Cordero)
14. The interface between seminal fluid proteins and cryptic female choice in Diptera (Laura King Sirot, Mariana F. Wolfner)
15. An integrative view of postcopulatory sexual selection in a soldier fly: interplay between cryptic mate choice and sperm competition (Flavia Barbosa)
16. Species-specific behavioral differences in male tsetse fly genitalia behavior during copulation, with a discussion of genitalic evolution in Glossina (Daniel Briceno)
17. Evaluating cryptic female choice in highly promiscuous Tribolium beetles (Tatyana Y. Fedina, Sara M. Lewis)
18. Female Choice in Social Insects (Boris Baer, Susanne den Boer)
19. A final overview and prospects (William G. Eberhard)

Taxonomic Index
Subject Index

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Alfredo Vicente Peretti is Principal Researcher of the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas de la Argentina, Instituto de Diversidad y Ecologia Animal (CONICET -IDEA) and Associate Professor of the Departamento de Diversidad Biologica y Ecologia, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Fisicas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina. His research on arachnids started in 1991 and initially focused on reproductive behavior in scorpions. His main areas of research are sexual selection, communication and evolution of genitalia in arthropods.

Anita Aisenberg is Assistant Professor of the Laboratorio of Etologia, Ecologia y Evolucion, of the Instituto de Investigaciones Biologicas Clemente Estable, Montevideo, Uruguay, and she is member of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (ANII) and the Programa de Desarrollo de Ciencias Basicas (PEDECIBA), Uruguay. Since 2002 she has been working on spider behavior. Her main interests are related to sexual selection, reproductive behavior and evolution of sex roles.

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