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Population Structure Mediates Sexual Conflict in Water Striders
Science
  • Omar Tonsi Eldakar, University of Arizona
  • Michael J. Dlugos, Binghamton University--SUNY
  • John W. Pepper, University of Arizona
  • David Sloan Wilson, Binghamton University--SUNY
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
11-6-2009
Disciplines
Peer Reviewed
1
Abstract

Sexual conflict occurs when males and females act against each others' interest, typically resulting in selection favoring harmful males. We performed laboratory experiments on sexual conflict that both confined individuals in isolated groups, which prevents selection acting counter to this conflict, and provided more naturalistic multigroup population structures. We show that in water striders, aggressive male mating behavior was strongly favored within groups but not favored in a multigroup population when individuals can freely disperse among groups. These observations explain the persistence of less-aggressive males within natural populations.

ORCID ID
0000-0002-4807-4979
DOI
10.1126/science.1180183
Citation Information
Omar Tonsi Eldakar, Michael J. Dlugos, John W. Pepper and David Sloan Wilson. "Population Structure Mediates Sexual Conflict in Water Striders" Science Vol. 326 Iss. 5954 (2009) p. 816 ISSN: 0036-8075
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/omar-eldakar/14/