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A sex allocation cost to polyandry in a parasitoid wasp. / Boulton, Rebecca; Shuker, David Michael.

In: Biology Letters, Vol. 11, 20150205, 03.06.2015.

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Boulton, R & Shuker, DM 2015, 'A sex allocation cost to polyandry in a parasitoid wasp', Biology Letters, vol. 11, 20150205. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2015.0205

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Boulton, R., & Shuker, D. M. (2015). A sex allocation cost to polyandry in a parasitoid wasp. Biology Letters, 11, [20150205]. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2015.0205

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Boulton R, Shuker DM. A sex allocation cost to polyandry in a parasitoid wasp. Biology Letters. 2015 Jun 3;11. 20150205. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2015.0205

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Boulton, Rebecca ; Shuker, David Michael. / A sex allocation cost to polyandry in a parasitoid wasp. In: Biology Letters. 2015 ; Vol. 11.

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abstract = "The costs and benefits of polyandry are central to understanding the near-ubiquity of female multiple mating. Here, we present evidence of a novel cost of polyandry: disrupted sex allocation. In Nasonia vitripennis, a species that is monandrous in the wild but engages in polyandry under laboratory culture conditions, sexual harassment during oviposition results in increased production of sons under conditions that favour female-biased sex ratios. In addition, females more likely to re-mate under harassment produce the least female-biased sex ratios, and these females are unable to mitigate this cost by increasing offspring production. Our results therefore argue that polyandry does not serve to mitigate the costs of harassment (convenience polyandry) in Nasonia. Furthermore, because males benefit from female-biased offspring sex ratios, harassment of ovipositing females also creates a novel cost of that harassment for males.",
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