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Title: Emerging issues in the evolution of animal nuptial gifts
Authors: Lewis, Sara M
Vahed, Karim
Koene, Joris M
Engqvist, Leif
Bussiere, Luc
Perry, Jennifer C
Gwynne, Darryl T
Lehmann, Gerlind U C
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Keywords: sexual conflict
simultaneous hermaphrodite
Issue Date: Jul-2014
Publisher: Royal Society
Citation: Lewis SM, Vahed K, Koene JM, Engqvist L, Bussiere L, Perry JC, Gwynne DT & Lehmann GUC (2014) Emerging issues in the evolution of animal nuptial gifts, Biology Letters, 10 (7), Art. No.: 20140336.
Abstract: Uniquely positioned at the intersection of sexual selection, nutritional ecology and life-history theory, nuptial gifts are widespread and diverse. Despite extensive empirical study, we still have only a rudimentary understanding of gift evolution because we lack a unified conceptual framework for considering these traits. In this opinion piece, we tackle several issues that we believe have substantively hindered progress in this area. Here, we: (i) present a comprehensive definition and classification scheme for nuptial gifts (including those transferred by simultaneous hermaphrodites), (ii) outline evolutionary predictions for different gift types, and (iii) highlight some research directions to help facilitate progress in this field.
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: Tufts University
University of Derby
Vrije Universiteit
University of Bielefeld, Germany
Biological and Environmental Sciences
University of Oxford
University of Toronto
Humboldt University Berlin

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