Researches on Population Ecology

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 209–218 | Cite as

Spatio-temporal variation of natural and sexual selection in breeding populations of the coreid bug,Colpula lativentris (Heteroptera: Coreidae)

  • Takayoshi Nishida
Original Paper


Spatio-temporal variations of lifetime reproductive succes (LRS) of both male and female individuals of a coreid bugColpula lativentris were measured and analyzed using the multiple regression method of Arnold and Wade (1984a, b). The standardized variance of LRS was larger in males than that in females as males often to secure mates for a long period whereas females could easily find mates and oviposit simply dependent on ovarial maturation. LRS was partitioned into 4 consecutive fitness components: (1) reproductive lifespan, (2) copulating efficiency, (3) guarding efficiency (for males) or oviposition efficiency (for females), and (4) number of eggs per clutch. In males copulating efficiency was the largest determining factor of LRS, whereas in females reproductive lifespan was the most important factor. Such tendencies were stable on both a yearly and local basis. Patterns of relative contribution of natural selection (reproductive lifespan and number of eggs per clutch) and sexual selection (copulating efficiency and guarding or oviposition efficiency) to LRS were clearly different between males and females. This sexual difference is, at least to some extent, thought to be brought about by sexual selection among males for mating opportunity, though no physical fight was observed among males. Directional selection on body length was found only in relation to the clutch size of females because large females tended to lay larger clutches. No significant directional selection was found in other fitness components.

Key words

natural selection sexual selection reproductive success spatio-temporal variation Colpula lativentris 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takayoshi Nishida
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Entomology, Faculty of AgricultureKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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