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Female agreement over male attractiveness is not affected by cost of mating with experienced males

Edvardsson, Evert; Hunt, J.; Moore, Patricia J; Moore, Allen J

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The extent to which females differ in their mating preferences has important consequences for the evolution of male sexual traits; yet, the way in which female mating preferences vary remains largely unexplored in most animal taxa. Even less is known about the implications of this variation to female fitness. Here, we examine the degree of between-female agreement in the mating preferences of the cockroach, Nauphoeta cinerea, and relate this variation to differences in female reproduction....[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorEdvardsson, Evert
dc.contributor.authorHunt, J.
dc.contributor.authorMoore, Patricia J
dc.contributor.authorMoore, Allen J
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:18:49Z
dc.identifier.issn1045-2249
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/51575
dc.description.abstractThe extent to which females differ in their mating preferences has important consequences for the evolution of male sexual traits; yet, the way in which female mating preferences vary remains largely unexplored in most animal taxa. Even less is known about the implications of this variation to female fitness. Here, we examine the degree of between-female agreement in the mating preferences of the cockroach, Nauphoeta cinerea, and relate this variation to differences in female reproduction. Using a repeated-measures design, we mated a series of males sequentially to 5 different females. We found that females were largely in agreement in their mating preferences with a significant, albeit low (0.094 ± 0.061), repeatability of male attractiveness as assessed by different females. This is surprising given that females experienced a consistent reduction in offspring production when mating to more experienced males and suggests that females have a limited ability to detect male mating history. This cost may, in part, be offset by a longer gestation time when mating with more experienced males, which is known to extend female longevity in this species. There appears to be good reason for females to agree in their mate choice in this species. Across males, we found a significant negative correlation between male attractiveness and gestation time, suggesting that females actively discriminate against males that accelerate gestation. We discuss the implications of our findings to the operation of sexual selection in N. cinerea.
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.sourceBehavioral Ecology
dc.subjectKeywords: cockroach; life history; mate attraction; mate choice; preference behavior; pregnancy; reproductive cost; sexual selection; Animalia; Blattaria; Nauphoeta cinerea Agreement; Cockroach; Female reproduction; Male attractiveness; Male mating history; Mate choice; Nauphoeta cinerea
dc.titleFemale agreement over male attractiveness is not affected by cost of mating with experienced males
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume19
dc.date.issued2008
local.identifier.absfor060201 - Behavioural Ecology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4133361xPUB227
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationEdvardsson, Evert, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationHunt, J., University of Exeter
local.contributor.affiliationMoore, Patricia J, University of Exeter
local.contributor.affiliationMoore, Allen J, University of Exeter
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage854
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage859
local.identifier.doi10.1093/beheco/arn047
dc.date.updated2015-12-09T08:38:49Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-47649087959
local.identifier.thomsonID000257786700023
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