Haplodiploidy and the reproductive ecology of arthropods

de la Fila, A. G., Bain, S. A. and Ross, L. (2015) Haplodiploidy and the reproductive ecology of arthropods. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 9, pp. 36-43. (doi: 10.1016/j.cois.2015.04.018) (PMID:32846706)

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Approximately 15% of all arthropods reproduce through haplodiploidy. Yet it is unclear how this mode of reproduction affects other aspects of reproductive ecology. In this review we outline predictions on how haplodiploidy might affect mating system evolution, the evolution of traits under sexual or sexual antagonistic selection, sex allocation decisions and the evolution of parental care. We also give an overview of the phylogenetic distribution of haplodiploidy. Finally, we discuss how comparisons between different types of haplodiploidy (arrhenotoky, PGE with haploid vs somatically diploid males) might help to discriminate between the effects of virgin birth, haploid gene expression and those of haploid gene transmission.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bain, Dr Stevie
Authors: de la Fila, A. G., Bain, S. A., and Ross, L.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Journal Name:Current Opinion in Insect Science
ISSN (Online):2214-5753
Published Online:19 May 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Current Opinion in Insect Science 9: 36-43
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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