The effect of male mating history on paternal investment, fecundity and female remating in the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus

U. M. Savalli, C. W. Fox

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Abstract

1. In many organisms, males provide nutrients to females via ejaculates that can influence female fecundity, longevity and mating behaviour. The effect of male mating history on male ejaculate size, female fecundity, female longevity and female remating behaviour in the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus was determined. 2. The quantity of ejaculate passed to females declined dramatically with successive matings. Despite the decline, a male's ability to fertilize a female fully did not appear to decline substantially until his fourth mating. 3. When females multiply mated with males of a particular mated status, the pattern of egg production was cyclic, with egg production increasing after mating. Females multiply mated to virgins had higher fecundity than females mated to non-virgins, and females mated to twice-mated males had disproportionately increased egg production late in their life. 4. Females that mated to multiple virgins, and consequently laid more eggs, experienced greater mortality than females mated only once or mated to non-virgins, suggesting that egg production is costly, and rather than ameliorating these costs, male ejaculates may increase them by allowing or stimulating females to lay more eggs. 5. Females mating with non-virgin males remated more readily than did females mated to virgins. Females given food supplements were less likely to remate than females that were nutritionally stressed, suggesting that females remate in part to obtain additional nutrients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-177
Number of pages9
JournalFunctional Ecology
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1999

Keywords

  • Bruchidae
  • Ejaculate size
  • Longevity
  • Multiple mating
  • Nutrients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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