Direct and indirect effects of sexual signal loss on female reproduction in the Pacific field cricket (Teleogryllus oceanicus)

Justa L. Heinen-Kay, Daina B. Strub, Susan L. Balenger, Marlene Zuk

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Sexual signal evolution may present fitness consequences for the non-signaling sex due to shared genes and altered social conditions, but this is rarely studied in natural populations. On the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, most male Teleogryllus oceanicus (Pacific field crickets) lack the ability to sing because of a novel wing mutation (flatwing) that arose and spread in <20 generations. Obligately silent flatwing males have been highly successful because they avoid detection by a deadly, acoustically-orienting parasitoid fly. Little is known about how the flatwing mutation and resulting song-less acoustic environment affects female fitness. We found that Kauai females carrying the flatwing allele invested less in reproductive tissues and experienced more instances of mating failure than normal-wing-carrying females, though total offspring production did not differ between female genotypes. Females from Oahu (HI, where the parasitoid and flatwing also occur) and Mangaia (an island in the Cook Islands which harbors neither the parasitoid nor flatwing) invested less in reproductive tissues when reared in a song-less acoustic environment. Kauai females did not exhibit this plasticity, perhaps because they have experienced nearly song-less conditions for the past ~15 years following the establishment of flatwing. We show that female T. oceanicus experience a mix of costly and beneficial effects of sexual signal loss, which should help maintain the wing polymorphism in the wild. Our results demonstrate that the non-signaling sex can experience a nuanced set of phenotypic consequences resulting from signal evolution, which can further shape dynamics of sexual signal evolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1382-1390
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of evolutionary biology
Volume32
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

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Teleogryllus oceanicus
cricket
Gryllidae
Kauai
song
parasitoid
acoustics
mutation
fitness
Cook Islands
Oahu
gender
effect
loss
Hawaii
plasticity
allele
harbor
polymorphism
genotype

Keywords

  • female reproductive investment
  • flatwing
  • rapid evolution
  • reproductive success
  • sexual signal evolution
  • sexual signal loss
  • socially-induced plasticity

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Direct and indirect effects of sexual signal loss on female reproduction in the Pacific field cricket (Teleogryllus oceanicus). / Heinen-Kay, Justa L.; Strub, Daina B.; Balenger, Susan L.; Zuk, Marlene.

In: Journal of evolutionary biology, Vol. 32, No. 12, 01.12.2019, p. 1382-1390.

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