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Evolutionary Ecology of Fixed Alternative Male Mating Strategies in the Ruff (Calidris pugnax)

Version 1 : Received: 21 March 2022 / Approved: 30 March 2022 / Online: 30 March 2022 (10:15:55 CEST)

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Baguette, M.; Bataille, B.; Stevens, V.M. Evolutionary Ecology of Fixed Alternative Male Mating Strategies in the Ruff (Calidris pugnax). Diversity 2022, 14, 307. Baguette, M.; Bataille, B.; Stevens, V.M. Evolutionary Ecology of Fixed Alternative Male Mating Strategies in the Ruff (Calidris pugnax). Diversity 2022, 14, 307.

Journal reference: Diversity 2022, 14, 307
DOI: 10.3390/d14040307

Abstract

A few empirical examples document fixed alternative male mating strategies in animals. Here we focus on the polymorphism of male mating strategies in the ruff (Calidris pugnax, Aves Charadriiformes). In ruffs, three fixed alternative male mating strategies coexist and are signaled by extreme plumage polymorphism. We first present relevant data on the biology of the species. Then we review the available knowledge of the behavioral ecology of ruffs during the breeding season and we detail the characteristics of each of the three known fixed male mating strategies. We next turn to the exceptional quality results accumulated on both the structural and functional genomics of the ruff over the past few years. We show how much these genomic data can shed a new, mechanistic light on the evolution and maintenance of the three fixed alternative male mating strategies. We then look if there are sufficient indication to support frequency-dependent selection as key mechanism in maintaining these three strategies. Specifically, we search for evidences of equal fitness among individuals using each of the three strategies. Finally, we propose three lines of research avenues that will help to understand the eco-evolutionary dynamics of phenotypic differences within natural populations of this iconic model species.

Keywords

phenotypic polymorphism; structural genomics; chromosomal inversion; supergene; functional genomics; hormonal plasticity; frequency-dependent selection; cryptic female choice of sperm; sexual selection; eco-evolutionary dynamics

Subject

BIOLOGY, Ecology

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