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Ecological Research Monographs

Sperm Competition in Butterflies

Authors: Watanabe, Mamoru

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  • Focuses on the important role of apyrene sperm in sperm competition
    Serves as the first book dedicated to sperm competition in butterflies, covering topics such as sperm dimorphism, migration, and manipulation
    Includes a review of butterfly mating processes and reproductive morphology

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This book describes about 30 years of theoretical, empirical, and experimental work on butterfly sperm competition. It considers the reproductive morphology and sperm utilisation interests of males and females, which shape the mating tactics of each sex. Females of most butterfly species mate multiple times throughout their lives. The reasons are explored, as well as the numerous adaptations males have developed to prevent future mating and fertilisation by the sperm of other males. In particular, this volume focuses on the role of apyrene sperm. Eupyrene and apyrene sperm dimorphism is most likely a key factor in sperm competition, and the study in butterflies promotes understanding of sexual selection across animal species with sperm polymorphism. This book, describing the evolutionary causes and consequences of the sperm competition in butterflies, is a recommended read for students of behavioural ecology.

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“Sperm Competition in Butterflies provides a valuable analysis of the importance of apyrene and eupyrene sperm in sperm competition, listing the different theories of apyrene sperm functions, which is a key factor in the sexual behavior of organisms with sperm polymorphism.” (Gabriela Bentancur-Viglione, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 93 (4), December, 2018)​

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $129.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-4-431-55945-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $169.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-4-431-55943-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $169.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-4-431-56733-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sperm Competition in Butterflies
Authors
Series Title
Ecological Research Monographs
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-55945-0
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-55945-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-55943-6
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56733-2
Series ISSN
2191-0707
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 174
Number of Illustrations
53 b/w illustrations, 33 illustrations in colour
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