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Transcriptomes of parents identify parenting strategies and sexual conflict in a subsocial beetle

Parker, Darren J.; Cunningham, Christopher B.; Walling, Craig A.; Stamper, Clare E.; Head, Megan; Roy-Zokan, Eileen M.; McKinney, Elizabeth C.; Ritchie, Mike; Moore, Allen J


Parenting in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides is complex and, unusually, the sex and number of parents that can be present is flexible. Such flexibility is expected to involve specialized behaviour by the two sexes under biparental conditions. Here, we show that offspring fare equally well regardless of the sex or number of parents present. Comparing transcriptomes, we find a largely overlapping set of differentially expressed genes in both uniparental and biparental females and in...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Communications
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms9449
Access Rights: Open Access


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