Male-female relatedness and patterns of male reproductive investment in guppies

L.J. Fitzpatrick, Clelia Gasparini, J.L. Fitzpatrick, Jon Evans

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    Inbreeding can cause reductions in fitness, driving the evolution of pre- and postcopulatory inbreeding avoidance mechanisms. There is now considerable evidence for such processes in females, but fewstudies have focused on males, particularly in the context of postcopulatory inbreeding avoidance. Here, we address this topic by exposing male guppies (Poecilia reticulata) to either full-sibling or unrelated females and determining whether they adjust investment in courtship and ejaculates. Our results revealed that males reduce their courtship but concomitantly exhibit short-term increases in ejaculate quality when paired with siblings. In conjunction with prior work reporting cryptic female preferences for unrelated sperm, our present findings reveal possible sexually antagonistic counter-adaptations that may offset postcopulatory inbreeding avoidance by females. © 2014 The Author(s).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4pp
    JournalBiology Letters
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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