Evolutionary Ecology

, Volume 20, Issue 5, pp 395–406 | Cite as

Experimental evidence of inbreeding avoidance in the hermaphroditic snail Physa acuta

  • Benoît Facon
  • Virginie Ravigné
  • Jérôme Goudet
Research Article


Inbreeding depression should select for inbreeding avoidance behaviours. Here we test this hypothesis in two populations of the simultaneous hermaphroditic freshwater snail Physa acuta. We recorded the copulatory behaviour of 288 pairs of sib-mates, non-kin mates from the same population, or non-kin mates from two different populations. We find that kin discriminatory behaviours exist in this species, exclusively expressed by individuals playing the female role. We discuss the relevance of our finding in the context of the evolution of recognition systems and the consequences of such a behaviour in natural populations.


Mating behavior Inbreeding avoidance Mate choice Freshwater snail Hermaphroditic Intersexual conflict 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benoît Facon
    • 1
  • Virginie Ravigné
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jérôme Goudet
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ecology and EvolutionUniversity of LausanneDorignySwitzerland
  2. 2.UMR ECOBIOP, INRA, Quartier IbarronSaint Pée sur NivelleFrance

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