Behavior Genetics

, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 621–632 | Cite as

Genetic basis for remating inDrosophila melanogaster. II. Response to selection based on the behavior of one sex

  • Mark H. Gromko
  • Mary Ellen A. Newport


Selection for fast and slow remating was carried out, with selection being based on the behavior of one sex. None of the male selection lines produced a significant response to selection, in lines selected either on the basis of the first male to mate with a female or on the basis of the second male to mate with a female. In contrast, three of four female selection lines showed significant responses to selection. Males in the female selection lines were tested for changes in their mating speed when paired with unselected females. These tests suggest that genes affecting remating speed in females are largely sex limited in their action. The gender difference in response to selection is discussed in terms of sexual selection theory.

Key Words

multiple mating sexual selection sex limitation sperm competition 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark H. Gromko
    • 1
  • Mary Ellen A. Newport
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesBowling Green State UniversityBowling Green

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