Sexual selection and organs of sense: Darwin's neglected insight

Elgar, Mark A., Johnson, Tamara L. and Symonds, Matthew R. E. 2019, Sexual selection and organs of sense: Darwin's neglected insight, Animal biology, vol. 69, no. 1, pp. 63-82, doi: 10.1163/15707563-00001046.

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Title Sexual selection and organs of sense: Darwin's neglected insight
Author(s) Elgar, Mark A.
Johnson, Tamara L.
Symonds, Matthew R. E.ORCID iD for Symonds, Matthew R. E.
Journal name Animal biology
Volume number 69
Issue number 1
Start page 63
End page 82
Total pages 20
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Place of publication Leiden, The Netherlands
Publication date 2019-02
ISSN 1570-7555
Summary © 2018 Copyright 2018 by Elgar et al. Studies of sexual selection that occurs prior to mating have focussed on either the role of armaments in intra-sexual selection, or extravagant signals for inter-sexual selection. However, Darwin suggested that sexual selection may also act on 'organs of sense', an idea that seems to have been largely overlooked. Here, we refine this idea in the context of the release of sex pheromones by female insects: females that lower the release of sex pheromones may benefit by mating with high-quality males, if their signalling investment results in sexual selection favouring males with larger or more sensitive antennae that are costly to develop and maintain.
Language eng
DOI 10.1163/15707563-00001046
Field of Research 0608 Zoology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, Elgar et al.
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