Sex-specific reaction norms to intraspecific larval competition in the mosquito Aedes aegypti.

@article{Bedhomme2003SexspecificRN,
  title={Sex-specific reaction norms to intraspecific larval competition in the mosquito Aedes aegypti.},
  author={S Bedhomme and Philip Agnew and Christine Sidobre and Yannis Michalakis},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2003},
  volume={16 4},
  pages={721-30}
}
As the relationship between a given life-history trait and fitness is not necessarily the same for the two sexes, an 'intersexual ontogenetic conflict' may arise. We analysed the phenotypic reaction to intraspecific larval competition of the mosquito, Aedes aegypti, asking: (i) Do both sexes pay the cost of competition with the same life-history traits and are they equal competitors? (ii) Is there a specific cost of competition beyond sharing food resources? We found that competition incurs a… CONTINUE READING

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