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PMID:  25330405     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Explaining the evolution and maintenance of polyandry remains a key challenge in evolutionary ecology. One appealing explanation is the sexually-selected sperm (SSS) hypothesis, which proposes that polyandry evolves due to indirect selection stemming from positive genetic covariance with male fertilization efficiency, and hence with a male's success in post-copulatory competition for paternity. However, the SSS hypothesis relies on verbal analogy with 'sexy-son' models explaining co-evolution of female preferences for male displays, and explicit models that validate the basic SSS principle are surprisingly lacking. We developed analogous genetically-explicit individual-based models describing the SSS and 'sexy-son' processes. We show that the analogy between the two is only partly valid, such that the genetic correlation arising between polyandry and fertilization efficiency is generally smaller than that arising between preference and display, resulting in less reliable co-evolution. Importantly, indirect selection was too weak to cause polyandry to evolve in the presence of negative direct selection. Negatively-biased mutations on fertilization efficiency did not generally rescue runaway evolution of polyandry unless realized fertilization was highly skewed towards a single male, and co-evolution was even weaker given random mating-order effects on fertilization. Our models suggest that the SSS process is, on its own, unlikely to generally explain the evolution of polyandry. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Greta Bocedi; Jane M Reid
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-10-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Evolution; international journal of organic evolution     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1558-5646     ISO Abbreviation:  Evolution     Publication Date:  2014 Oct 
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Created Date:  2014-10-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  2014-10-21    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0373224     Medline TA:  Evolution     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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