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

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posted on 2024-06-03, 21:13 authored by MA Elgar, TL Johnson, Matthew SymondsMatthew Symonds
© 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.

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Journal

Animal biology

Volume

69

Pagination

63-82

Location

Leiden, The Netherlands

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

1570-7555

eISSN

1570-7563

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Elgar et al.

Issue

1

Publisher

Brill Academic Publishers

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