Variation in acoustic signalling traits exhibits footprints of sexual selection

Reinhold K (2011)
Evolution 65(3): 738-745.

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Abstract
Phenotypic variation is ubiquitous in nature and a precondition for adaptive evolution. However, theory predicts that the extent of phenotypic variation should decrease with increasing strength of selection on a trait. Comparative analyses of trait variability have repeatedly used this expectation to infer the type or strength of selection. Yet, the suggested influence of selection on trait variability has rarely been tested empirically. In the present study, I compare estimates of sexual selection strength and trait variability from published data. I constricted the analysis to acoustic courtship traits in amphibians and insects with known variability and corresponding results of female binary choice experiments on these traits. Trait variability and strength of sexual selection were significantly correlated, and both were correlated with signal duration. Because traits under stronger selection had lower variation even after the effect of signal duration was eliminated, I conclude that traces of the strength of selection can be observed with respect to variation of acoustic signaling traits in insects and amphibians. The analysis also shows that traits under stabilizing selection have significantly lower phenotypic variability than traits under directional selection.
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Reinhold K. Variation in acoustic signalling traits exhibits footprints of sexual selection. Evolution. 2011;65(3):738-745.
Reinhold, K. (2011). Variation in acoustic signalling traits exhibits footprints of sexual selection. Evolution, 65(3), 738-745.
Reinhold, K. (2011). Variation in acoustic signalling traits exhibits footprints of sexual selection. Evolution 65, 738-745.
Reinhold, K., 2011. Variation in acoustic signalling traits exhibits footprints of sexual selection. Evolution, 65(3), p 738-745.
K. Reinhold, “Variation in acoustic signalling traits exhibits footprints of sexual selection”, Evolution, vol. 65, 2011, pp. 738-745.
Reinhold, K.: Variation in acoustic signalling traits exhibits footprints of sexual selection. Evolution. 65, 738-745 (2011).
Reinhold, Klaus. “Variation in acoustic signalling traits exhibits footprints of sexual selection”. Evolution 65.3 (2011): 738-745.
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