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

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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.

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This work was supported by NSF Grants BNS 82-01183 and BNS 84-18934

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Gromko, M.H., Newport, M.E.A. Genetic basis for remating inDrosophila melanogaster. II. Response to selection based on the behavior of one sex. Behav Genet 18, 621–632 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01082313

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Key Words

  • multiple mating
  • sexual selection
  • sex limitation
  • sperm competition