Publication
Title
A phylogenetic perspective on absence and presence of a sex-limited polymorphism
Author
Abstract
Sex-limited polymorphism is widely distributed among animal taxa, but has only rarely been studied from a macro-evolutionary perspective. We investigate the evolution of female-limited polymorphism by mapping presence or absence of multiple discrete morphs on published phylogenetic trees for North American representatives of two damselfly genera. The results indicate that female polymorphy represents the ancestral condition based on the species included with subsequent loss and monomorphy representing the evolutionary end-point in most cases. According to one phylogeny, character optimization Suggests that expression of the polymorphism may be lost (to a state of monomorphy) and gained again (back to polymorphy). Earlier work indicated that changes from polymorphy to monomorphy might be coupled with evolution of the mating system from polyandry to monandry. The results presented here, however, do not convincingly support such view.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Animal biology. - Leiden
Publication
Leiden : 2008
ISSN
1570-7555
Volume/pages
58(2008), p. 257-273
ISI
000258632000009
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
UAntwerpen
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Last edited 07.06.2017
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