Tracie M Ivy

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Females of many species mate repeatedly throughout their lives, often with many different males (polyandry). Females can secure genetic benefits by maximizing their diversity of mating partners, and might be expected, therefore, to forego matings with previous partners in favour of novel males. Indeed, a female preference for novel mating partners has been(More)
Genetic benefits can enhance the fitness of polyandrous females through the high intrinsic genetic quality of females' mates or through the interaction between female and male genes. I used a full diallel cross, a quantitative genetics design that involves all possible crosses among a set of genetically homogeneous lines, to determine the mechanism through(More)
Long-tailed dance flies, Rhamphomyia longicauda (Diptera: Empididae), show a striking reversal in the typical pattern of animal sexual dimorphism. Whereas male R. longicauda are mosquito-like in appearance, females sport rows of scales on their legs and have elaborate eversible pleural (abdominal) sacs that are inflated just prior to entry into a female(More)
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