Biology Faculty Research

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-10-2009

Abstract

Androdioecy (mixtures of males and hermaphrodites) is distinguished by its rarity, being found in only similar to 40 animal species. Many of these species are clam shrimp in the genus Eulimnadia. A metapopulation model for the maintenance of androdioecy is tested herein by examining male success in aquaria with a single male-producing hermaphrodite introduced into an otherwise all-hermaphrodite population. This migration experiment did allow males to persist in these populations for seven generations, although at levels below those found in other populations of these shrimp. These results suggest that the maintenance of androdioecy via 'reproductive assurance' is unlikely by way of migration of male-producing hermaphrodites.

Publication Title

Current Science

Volume

96

Issue

1

First Page

98

Last Page

102

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