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The Evolution of Mating Systems in Insects and Arachnids

Edited By: Jae C Choe and Bernard J Crespi

387 pages, B/w photos, figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 1997 | #61276 | ISBN: 0521589762
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Hardback | Jun 1997 | #61275 | ISBN: 0521580293
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In this broad-based book, sexual competition in insects and arachnids are investigated, teasing out the variety of ways in which males and females pursue, persuade, manipulate, control and help one another. It provides a comprehensive account of the theory of sexual conflict for students or researchers.

'Possessing these two handsomely produced volumes is like possessing Aladdin's magic lamp ... You may take your pick - from parental care in cockroaches to sex among cannibals in jumping spiders ... it's an endless menu!' Raghavendra Gadagkar, Trends in Ecology and Evolution 'The book provides a wealth of natural history on a wide variety of invertebrate social taxa.' Jacobus J. Boomsma, Animal Behaviour 'This book provides a collection of admirable contributions to the study of invertebrate mating systems.' Ian C. W. Hardy, Animal Behaviour '... packed with information which will make it a valuable reference source'. The Times Higher Education Supplement '... fascinating book ... an excellent and absorbing read about an important area, and will be enjoyed by both professionals and students of animal behaviour.' Biologist


Introduction; 1. Evolutionary perspectives on insect mating Richard D. Alexander, David Marshall, and John Cooley; 2. Sexual selection by cryptic female choice in insects and arachnids William G. Eberhard; 3. Natural and sexual selection components of odonate mating patterns Ola M. Finke, Jonathan Waage, and Walter D. Koenig; 4. Sexual selection in resource defense polygyny: lessons from territorial grasshoppers Michael D. Greenfield; 5. Reproductive strategies of the crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllidae) Marlene Zuk and Leigh W. Simmons; 6. The evolution of edible 'sperm sacs' and other forms of courtship feeding in crickets, katydids and their kin (Orthoptera: Ensifera) Darryl T. Gwynne; 7. Sexual conflicts and the evolution of mating patterns in the Zoraptera Jae C. Choe; 8. The evolution of water strider mating systems: causes and consequences of sexual conflicts Goran Arnqvist; 9. Multiple mating, sperm competition, and cryptic female choice in the leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) Janis L. Dickinson; 10. Firefly mating ecology, selection and evolution James E. Lloyd; 11. Modern mating systems in archaic Holometabola: sexuality in neuropteroid insects Charles S. Henry; 12. Mating systems of parasitoid wasps H. C. J. Godfray and J. M. Cook; 13. Fig wasp mating systems: pollinators and parasites, sex ratio adjustment and male polymorphism, population structure and its consequences E. A. Herre, S. A. West, J. M. Cook, S. G. Compton and F. Kjellberg; 14. Predictions from sexual selection on the evolution of mating systems in moths P. Larry Phelan; 15. Sexual dimorphism, mating systems and ecology in butterflies Ronald L. Rutowski; 16. Lek behaviour of insects Todd Shelly and Timothy S. Whittier; 17. Mate choice and species isolation in swarming insects John Sivinski and Erik Petersson; 18. Function and evolution of antlers and eye stalks in flies Gerald S. Wilkinson and Gary N. Dodson; 19. Sex via the substrate: mating systems and sexual selection in pseudoscorpions David W. Zeh and Jeanne A. Zeh; 20. Jumping spider mating strategies: sex with cannibals in and out of webs Robert R. Jackson and S. D. Pollard; 21. Sexual conflict and the evolution of mating systems William D. Brown, Bernard J. Crespi and Jae C. Choe.

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