Emerging issues in the evolution of animal nuptial gifts

Lewis, Sara M., Vahed, Karim, Koene, Joris M., Engqvist, Leif, Bussière, Luc F., Perry, Jennifer C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8449-2764, Gwynne, Darryl and Lehmann, Gerlind U. C. (2014) Emerging issues in the evolution of animal nuptial gifts. Biology Letters, 10 (7). ISSN 1744-9561

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Uniquely positioned at the intersection of sexual selection, nutritional ecology and life-history theory, nuptial gifts are widespread and diverse. Despite extensive empirical study, we still have only a rudimentary understanding of gift evolution becausewe lack a unified conceptual framework for considering these traits. In this opinion piece, we tackle several issues that we believe have substantively hindered progress in this area. Here, we: (i) present a comprehensive definition and classification scheme for nuptial gifts (including those transferred by simultaneous hermaphrodites), (ii) outline evolutionary predictions for different gift types, and (iii) highlight some research directions to help facilitate progress in this field.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexual conflict,simultaneous hermaphrodite,spermatophore,agricultural and biological sciences (miscellaneous),agricultural and biological sciences(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1100/1101
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Biological Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2022 17:30
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 14:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/89501
DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2014.0336

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