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The Evolution of Insect Mating Systems

David Shuker and Leigh Simmons


The Evolution of Insect Mating Systems by Thornhill and Alcock was one of the key texts that helped define modern behavioural ecology. Published in 1983, it has had a huge impact in shaping ‘adaptationist’ approaches to the study of animal behaviour, ending up far more than the sum of its parts, and influencing the study of the evolution of reproductive behaviour far beyond the taxonomic remit of insects. While much in the original remains relevant today, our aim in this edited volume is to bring together some of world’s leading insect researchers to bring the empirical and conceptual scope of ... More

Keywords: Evolution of sex, sexual selection, mating systems, insects, parental care, sperm competition, reproductive physiology, female choice, male competition, genetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199678020
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678020.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Shuker, editor
Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Ecology, University of St Andrew's

Leigh Simmons, editor
Director/Winthrop Professor, Centre for Evolutionary Biology, University of Western Australia

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