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How populations persist when asexuality requires sex: the spatial dynamics of coping with sperm parasites

Kokko, Hanna; Heubel, Katja; Rankin, Daniel J.


The twofold cost of sex implies that sexual and asexual reproduction do not coexist easily. Asexual forms tend to outcompete sexuals but may eventually suffer higher extinction rates, creating tension between short- and long-term advantages of different reproductive modes. The 'short-sightedness' of asexual reproduction takes a particularly intriguing form in gynogenetic species complexes, in which an asexual species requires sperm from a related sexual host species to trigger embryogenesis....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2007.1199


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