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Ecology 2004 18, 414418
 

Summary: Functional
Ecology 2004
18, 414­418
© 2004 British
Ecological Society
414
Blackwell Publishing, Ltd.
Does testis size track expected mating success in
yellow dung flies?
W. U. BLANCKENHORN*, B. HELLRIEGEL*, D. J. HOSKEN*, P. JANN*,
R. ALTWEGG and P. I. WARD*
*Zoologisches Museum and Zoologisches Institut, Universität Zürich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zürich,
Switzerland
Summary
1. We quantitatively compare the fitness function linking male mating success in the
field to body size and the allometric relationship linking testis length (estimating sperm
production) to body size, both empirically derived, for the yellow dung fly Scathophaga
stercoraria (Diptera: Scathophagidae).
2. We find that both relationships are similarly non-linear (quadratic) and increasing.
The most parsimonious interpretation of this congruence is that the evolution of testis

  

Source: Altwegg, Res - Avian Demography Unit, Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Cape Town

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology