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dc.contributor.authorFisher, DN
dc.contributor.authorRodríguez-Muñoz, R
dc.contributor.authorTregenza, T
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-21T12:44:55Z
dc.date.issued2016-05
dc.description.abstractSexual selection results from variation in success at multiple stages in the mating process, including competition before and after mating. The relationship between these forms of competition, such as whether they trade-off or reinforce one another, influences the role of sexual selection in evolution. However, the relationship between these 2 forms of competition is rarely quantified in the wild. We used video cameras to observe competition among male field crickets and their matings in the wild. We characterized pre- and post-copulatory competition as 2 networks of competing individuals. Social network analysis then allowed us to determine 1) the effectiveness of precopulatory competition for avoiding postcopulatory competition, 2) the potential for divergent mating strategies, and 3) whether increased postcopulatory competition reduces the apparent reproductive benefits of male promiscuity. We found 1) limited effectiveness of precopulatory competition for avoiding postcopulatory competition; 2) males do not specifically engage in only 1 type of competition; and 3) promiscuous individuals tend to mate with each other, which will tend to reduce variance in reproductive success in the population and highlights the trade-off inherent in mate guarding. Our results provide novel insights into the works of sexual competition in the wild. Furthermore, our study demonstrates the utility of using network analyses to study competitive interactions, even in species lacking obvious social structure.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipFunding for this research was provided by NERC (studentship no.: NE/H02249X/1; grant no.: NE/H02364X/1). Further support was provided by the University of Exeter’s Postgraduate Research Enhancement Fund, awarded to D.N.F.en_GB
dc.identifier.citationVol. 27, pp. 912 - 919en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/beheco/arv236
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10871/19103
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10871/24515
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherOxford University Press (OUP)en_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27174599en_GB
dc.rights© The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_GB
dc.subjectGryllusen_GB
dc.subjectcryptic female choiceen_GB
dc.subjectmale competitionen_GB
dc.subjectsexual selectionen_GB
dc.subjectsperm competition.en_GB
dc.titleComparing pre- and post-copulatory mate competition using social network analysis in wild cricketsen_GB
dc.typeArticleen_GB
dc.date.available2016-11-21T12:44:55Z
dc.identifier.issn1045-2249
exeter.place-of-publicationUnited Statesen_GB
dc.descriptionThis is the final version of the article. Available from the publisher via the DOI in this record.en_GB
dc.descriptionData accessibility: Data are available through Open Research Exeter, http://hdl.handle.net/10871/19103en_GB
dc.identifier.journalBehavioral Ecologyen_GB
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC4863196
dc.identifier.pmid27174599


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