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Cryptic Female Choice in Arthropods

Patterns, Mechanisms and Prospects

Editors: Peretti, Alfredo V, Aisenberg, Anita (Eds.)

  • Covers cryptic female choice in arthropods with contributions by international experts
  • Provides the current data and critically discusses the different situations in which cryptic female choice has been considered in arthropods
  • Helps to complete a niche in the scientific formation of pre- or postgraduate students and serves as valuable source for discussions among scientists working in the field of evolutionary biology
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About this book

This timely book revisits cryptic female choice in arthropods, gathering detailed contributions from around the world to address key behavioral, ecological and evolutionary questions. The reader will find a critical summary of major breakthroughs in taxon-oriented chapters that offer many new perspectives and cases to explore and in many cases unpublished data. Many groups of arthropods such as spiders, harvestmen, flies, moths, crickets, earwigs, beetles, eusocial insects, shrimp and crabs are discussed.

Sexual selection is currently the focus of numerous and controversial theoretical and experimental studies. Selection in mating and post-mating patterns can be shaped by several different mechanisms, including sperm competition, extreme sexual conflict and cryptic female choice. Discrimination among males during or after copulation is called cryptic female choice because it occurs after intromission, the event that was formerly used as the definitive criterion of male reproductive success and is therefore usually difficult to detect and confirm. Because it sequentially follows intra- and intersexual interactions that occur before copulation, cryptic female choice has the power to alter or negate precopulatory sexual selection. However, though female roles in biasing male paternity after copulation have been proposed for a number of species distributed in many animal groups, cryptic female choice continues to be often underestimated. Furthermore, in recent years the concept of sexual conflict has been frequently misused, linking sexual selection by female choice irrevocably and exclusively with sexually antagonistic co-evolution, without exploring other alternatives.

The book offers an essential source of information on how two fields, selective cooperation and individual sex interests, work together in the context of cryptic female choice in nature, using arthropods as model organisms. It is bound to spark valuable discussions among scientists working in evolutionary biology across the world, motivating new generations to unveil the astonishing secrets of sexual biology throughout the animal kingdom.

About the authors

Alfredo Vicente Peretti is Principal Researcher of the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la Argentina, Instituto de Diversidad y Ecología Animal (CONICET -IDEA) and Associate Professor of the Departamento de Diversidad Biológica y Ecología, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas Físicas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina. His research on arachnids started in 1991 and initially focused on reproductive behavior in scorpions. His main areas of research are sexual selection, communication and evolution of genitalia in arthropods.

Anita Aisenberg is Assistant Professor of the Laboratorio of Etología, Ecología y Evolución, of the Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas Clemente Estable, Montevideo, Uruguay and she is member of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (ANII) and the Programa de Desarrollo de Ciencias Básicas (PEDECIBA), Uruguay. Since 2002 she has been working on spider behavior. Her main interests are related to sexual selection, reproductive behavior and evolution of sex roles.

Reviews

“Peretti and Aisenberg have assembled an all-star cast of biologists to pen chapters in this work. … Students looking for puzzles to solve for their dissertation will find Peretti and Aisenberg’s book inspirational.” (Clint D. Kelly, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 91, December, 2016)


Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Cryptic Female Choice and Other Types of Post-copulatory Sexual Selection

    Eberhard, William G.

    Pages 1-26

  • Potential for CFC in Black Widows (Genus Latrodectus): Mechanisms and Social Context

    Andrade, Maydianne C. B. (et al.)

    Pages 27-53

  • Cryptic Female Choice Within the Genus Argiope: A Comparative Approach

    Schneider, Jutta (et al.)

    Pages 55-77

  • Post-copulatory Sexual Selection in Two Tropical Orb-weaving Leucauge Spiders

    Aisenberg, Anita (et al.)

    Pages 79-108

  • Copulatory and Post-copulatory Sexual Selection in Haplogyne Spiders, with Emphasis on Pholcidae and Oonopidae

    Calbacho-Rosa, Lucía (et al.)

    Pages 109-144

Buy this book

eBook $149.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-17894-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $199.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-17893-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $199.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 17, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34859-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cryptic Female Choice in Arthropods
Book Subtitle
Patterns, Mechanisms and Prospects
Editors
  • Alfredo V Peretti
  • Anita Aisenberg
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-17894-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-17894-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-17893-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34859-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 509
Number of Illustrations and Tables
57 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour
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