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Competitive mating in Drosophila melanogaster

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 April 2009

Paul M. Sharp
Institute of Animal Genetics, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JN, Scotland


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Selective differences among male Drosophila melanogaster due to differences in ability to compete for mates may often have been under-estimated in the past because, under the test procedure used, females did not represent a limited resource. In the experiment reported here, no difference was detected between inbred and outbred males ‘competing’ to mate with an equal number of females. When the receptive female: male ratio was halved a large reduction in male mating ability due to inbreeding became apparent.

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