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    Female presence is required for male sexual maturity in the nematode Steinernema longicaudum


    Ebssa, Lemma and Dix, Ilona and Griffin, Christine (2008) Female presence is required for male sexual maturity in the nematode Steinernema longicaudum. Current Biology, 18 (21). R997-R998. ISSN 0960-9822

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    Abstract

    Although cheap compared to eggs, sperm are still costly to produce and may deteriorate if stored 1 and 2. Therefore, selection should favour the ability of males to adjust the quantity or quality of sperm in response to fertilisation opportunities. The males of some species of insect, for instance, may adjust testis size, sperm number or ejaculate composition in response to the social environment [3]. Males of certain rodents, fish and insects increase sperm production in response to female presence 4, 5 and 6. However, males typically have at least some sperm always ready. Here, we show that in the insect-killing nematode Steinernema longicaudum, males that develop alone contain no sperm. Only after several hours with a female, but not another male, sperm are produced so that progeny can be sired.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Female; male sexual maturity; nematode; Steinernema longicaudum;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Biology
    Item ID: 7523
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2008.09.032
    Depositing User: Dr. Christine Griffin
    Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 14:59
    Journal or Publication Title: Current Biology
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
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