Condition dependence of female choosiness in a field cricket

  title={Condition dependence of female choosiness in a field cricket},
  author={Kevin A. Judge and Janice J. Ting and Darryl T. Gwynne},
  journal={Journal of Evolutionary Biology},
Females generally choose mates that produce the loudest, brightest or most elaborate sexual displays, and these costly male displays are predicted to be condition dependent. However, mate choice itself is a costly behaviour also expected to be condition dependent. Male fall field crickets, Gryllus pennsylvanicus, produce a conspicuous long‐distance calling song that attracts females and is condition dependent. In this study, we tested the condition dependence of female preferences (preference… 
Listening to male song induces female field crickets to differentially allocate reproductive resources
The results support the DA hypothesis and suggest that females invest their reproductive output based on a trait (calling effort) that is an honest indicator of male quality.
Mate Preference Plasticity in a Critically Endangered Frog: Implications for Conservation Breeding
Findings imply that female P. corroboree may become choosier over time, and highlight the potential for mate preferences to exhibit phenotypic plasticity within a single reproductive cycle, as well as suggesting that females are more attracted to low call frequencies after repeated exposure.
Juvenile Experience with Male Cues Triggers Cryptic Choice Mechanisms in Adult Female Redback Spiders
It is concluded that female choosiness may impose a strong selection on males despite the high mating rates, and these effects can hinge on the cues of male availability detected by juveniles.
Female mate choice and male ornamentation in the stalk-eyed fly, diasemopsis meigenii
It is shown that choosiness and selection, but not the preference function, are elevated in mated females, and evidence is found for the heightened condition dependence of the male sexual trait (male eyespan), and for a novel gene-by-environment interaction.
Condition‐dependent interaction between mating success and competitive fertilization success in Drosophila melanogaster *
It is suggested that small males might partially compensate for their low mating success by strategically investing in larger sperm numbers and potentially other, unmeasured ejaculate traits, when they do have a mating opportunity.
Female preferences when female condition and male ornament expression vary
There was no effect of female diet on mate choice, but the infection state of the male did have an effect, with infected males being preferred, and it is possible that infected males invest their resources in producing pheromones rather than attacking the pathogen.
Variation in the condition-dependence of individual sexual traits in male eastern mosquitofish, Gambusia holbrooki
Most sexually selected traits are costly to produce and therefore tend to show condition-dependent expression. But individuals have a finite set of resources to invest across the multiple traits on
On the architecture of mate choice decisions: preference functions and choosiness are distinct traits
This hypothesis that mate-choice decisions are the outcome of two components that vary independently: the preference function (the ranking of the attractiveness of prospective mates) and choosiness (the effort invested in mate assessment) is tested.
Liking the good guys: amplifying local adaptation via the evolution of condition‐dependent mate choice
A two‐patch model with two genes, one influencing an ecological trait and one influencing female preferences, is developed, which finds that preferences for locally adapted males spread fastest with higher recombination rates, which contrasts with earlier studies.


Condition-Dependent Choosiness For Highly Attractive Songs In Female Canaries
Female preference was evaluated by counting the number of Copulation Solicitation Displays and showed that, in both (normal and physically reduced) conditions, females prefer songs containing an A16 phrase, however, the strength of this preference is lower in females with compromised body condition than in females from the control group, suggesting a decreased choosiness in the poor body condition females.
Condition Dependence of Male Life Span and Calling Effort in a Field Cricket
These findings suggest that male quality and survival are positively correlated, but more tests of this hypothesis are needed.
Female Mate Choice as a Condition‐Dependent Life‐History Trait
An important role for resource acquisition is suggested in generating variation in mate choice behavior in the black field cricket, Teleogryllus commodus, where females reared on a high‐protein diet were more sexually responsive and expressed stronger linear and quadratic preference functions for call rate and dominant frequency.
Size–dependent response to conspecific mating calls by male crickets
  • M. Kiflawi, D. A. Gray
  • Psychology
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
  • 2000
Empirical evidence for size–dependent responses to intersexual communication by conspecific rivals is presented, and positive phonotactic responses to call recordings that differ in attractiveness to females are examined.
Female remating and the intensity of female choice in black-horned tree crickets, Oecanthus nigricornis
Results support both the material-benefits and the precopulatory mate-choice hypotheses for remating speed of female tree crickets, and mixed support for the postcopulatory choice hypothesis.
Condition-dependent signaling affects male sexual attractiveness in field crickets, Gryllus campestris
Food-supplemented males attracted more females than did control males, and their higher attractiveness was partly explained by their superior calling rate, which indicates condition-dependent signaling as an important determinant of the sexual attractiveness of males to females under natural condition.
Sexual responsiveness is condition-dependent in female guppies, but preference functions are not
Variation in female condition within populations is unlikely to influence the direction of sexual selection imposed by female choice, but it may, however, influence the strength ofSexual selection due to its effects on female responsiveness.
Use of non-arbitrary acoustic criteria in mate choice by female gray tree frogs
It is shown that selective phonotaxis by female gray tree frogs depends on non-arbitrary acoustic cues that indicate the male's species and energetic costs of signal production, and some female preferences cannot be explained by differences in signal conspicuousness alone.