Social cues of sperm competition influence accessory reproductive gland size in a promiscuous mammal

Lemaitre J-F, Ramm SA, Hurst JL, Stockley P (2011)
Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences 278(1709): 1171-1176.

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Theory predicts that males should increase overall investment in ejaculate expenditure with increasing levels of sperm competition. Since ejaculate production is costly, we may expect males to tailor their reproductive investment according to anticipated levels of sperm competition. Here, we investigate plasticity in ejaculate investment in response to cues of population average levels of sperm competition in a promiscuous mammal, the bank vole (Myodes glareolus). We manipulated the social experience of experimental subjects during sexual development via differential exposure to the odour of rival males, to simulate conditions associated with relatively high or low average levels of sperm competition. Males exposed to a high level of competition developed larger major accessory reproductive glands (seminal vesicles) than those that experienced a low level of competition, suggesting that an increased investment in the production of copulatory plugs and/or mating rate may be beneficial at relatively high sperm competition levels. However, investment in sperm production, testis size and sperm motility were not altered according to social experience. Our findings emphasize the importance of non-sperm components of the ejaculate in mammalian postcopulatory sexual selection, and add to the growing evidence linking plasticity in reproductive traits to social cues of sperm competition.
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Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences
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1709
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1171-1176
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Lemaitre J-F, Ramm SA, Hurst JL, Stockley P. Social cues of sperm competition influence accessory reproductive gland size in a promiscuous mammal. Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences. 2011;278(1709):1171-1176.
Lemaitre, J. - F., Ramm, S. A., Hurst, J. L., & Stockley, P. (2011). Social cues of sperm competition influence accessory reproductive gland size in a promiscuous mammal. Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 278(1709), 1171-1176. doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.1828
Lemaitre, J. - F., Ramm, S. A., Hurst, J. L., and Stockley, P. (2011). Social cues of sperm competition influence accessory reproductive gland size in a promiscuous mammal. Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences 278, 1171-1176.
Lemaitre, J.-F., et al., 2011. Social cues of sperm competition influence accessory reproductive gland size in a promiscuous mammal. Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 278(1709), p 1171-1176.
J.-F. Lemaitre, et al., “Social cues of sperm competition influence accessory reproductive gland size in a promiscuous mammal”, Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences, vol. 278, 2011, pp. 1171-1176.
Lemaitre, J.-F., Ramm, S.A., Hurst, J.L., Stockley, P.: Social cues of sperm competition influence accessory reproductive gland size in a promiscuous mammal. Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences. 278, 1171-1176 (2011).
Lemaitre, Jean-Francois, Ramm, Steven A., Hurst, Jane L., and Stockley, Paula. “Social cues of sperm competition influence accessory reproductive gland size in a promiscuous mammal”. Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences 278.1709 (2011): 1171-1176.

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