Emerging issues in the evolution of animal nuptial gifts

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Lewis, Sara M., Vahed, Karim, Koene, Joris M., Bussiere, Luc F., Gwynne, Darryl, Engqvist, Leif, Perry, Jennifer and Lehmann, Gerlind 2014. Emerging issues in the evolution of animal nuptial gifts. Biology Letters. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2014.0336
AuthorsLewis, Sara M., Vahed, Karim, Koene, Joris M., Bussiere, Luc F., Gwynne, Darryl, Engqvist, Leif, Perry, Jennifer and Lehmann, Gerlind
Abstract

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 because we 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.

KeywordsNuptial gifts; Sexual selection; Spermatophore; Simultaneous hermaphrodite
Year2014
JournalBiology Letters
PublisherThe Royal Society
ISSN1744-9561
1744-957X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2014.0336
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/592795
hdl:10545/592795
Publication dates16 Jul 2014
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