sexual conflict in hermaphrodites


Together with Lukas Schärer (Basel) and Tim Janicke (Montpellier) I have written a new review about sexual conflict, in which we discuss how one can extend the concepts developed to date largely for separate-sexed organisms to both sequential and simultaneous hermaphrodites. From the abstract:

Hermaphrodites combine the male and female sex functions into a single individual, either sequentially or simultaneously. This simple fact means that they exhibit both similarities and differences in the way in which they experience, and respond to, sexual conflict compared to separate-sexed organisms. Here we focus on clarifying how sexual conflict concepts can be adapted to apply to all anisogamous sexual systems, and review unique (or especially important) aspects of sexual conflict in hermaphroditic animals.

The review has just been published in Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology and will be included as one chapter of the book Genetics and Biology of Sexual Conflict edited by Bill Rice and Sergey Gavrilets and published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

Schärer L, Janicke T, Ramm SA. 2014.
Sexual conflict in hermaphrodites.
Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology. 
doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a017673

Image: “Flatworm sex” showing Pseudobiceros bedfordi, which engages in so-called penis fencing. Photo by Nico Michiels from Whitfield J: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sexes. PLoS Biol 2/6/2004: e183. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0020183.g001, licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.


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