Experimental evidence for interspecific directional selection on moth pheromone communication.

  title={Experimental evidence for interspecific directional selection on moth pheromone communication.},
  author={Astrid T Groot and Joy L Horovitz and Jennifer Hamilton and Richard G. Santangelo and Coby Schal and Fred Gould},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={103 15},
The chemical composition of the sexual communication signals of female moths is thought to be under strong stabilizing selection, because females that produce atypical pheromone blends suffer lower success in finding mates. This intraspecific selection pressure cannot explain the high diversity of moth pheromone blends found in nature. We conducted experiments to determine whether communication interference from males of closely related species could exert strong enough directional selection to… CONTINUE READING
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