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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146199/noise-can-affect-acoustic-communication-and-subsequent-spawning-success-in-fish
#1
Karen de Jong, M Clara P Amorim, Paulo J Fonseca, Clive J Fox, Katja U Heubel
There are substantial concerns that increasing levels of anthropogenic noise in the oceans may impact aquatic animals. Noise can affect animals physically, physiologically and behaviourally, but one of the most obvious effects is interference with acoustic communication. Acoustic communication often plays a crucial role in reproductive interactions and over 800 species of fish have been found to communicate acoustically. There is very little data on whether noise affects reproduction in aquatic animals, and none in relation to acoustic communication...
November 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140563/-stink-flirting-in-ring-tailed-lemurs-lemur-catta-male-olfactory-displays-to-females-as-honest-costly-signals
#2
Amber D Walker-Bolton, Joyce A Parga
Sexual selection for honest behavioral displays of quality has driven the development of remarkably complex courtship behavior in many animal species. Olfactory displays are often overlooked as an area of inquiry compared to auditory and visual displays. Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) scent marking of substrates has been studied extensively, although the male olfactory displays of anointing and wafting tails to females has received relatively little attention. We studied the role of male olfactory displays to females, evaluating whether such signals function as honest, costly signals of male dominance status in two groups of wild L...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134145/visual-and-acoustic-components-of-courtship-in-the-bird-of-paradise-genus-astrapia-aves-paradisaeidae
#3
Edwin Scholes, Julia M Gillis, Timothy G Laman
The distinctive and divergent courtship phenotypes of the birds-of-paradise make them an important group for gaining insights into the evolution of sexually selected phenotypic evolution. The genus Astrapia includes five long-tailed species that inhabit New Guinea's montane forests. The visual and acoustic components of courtship among Astrapia species are very poorly known. In this study, we use audiovisual data from a natural history collection of animal behavior to fill gaps in knowledge about the visual and acoustic components of Astrapia courtship...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134139/male-sex-pheromone-components-in-heliconius-butterflies-released-by-the-androconia-affect-female-choice
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Kathy Darragh, Sohini Vanjari, Florian Mann, Maria F Gonzalez-Rojas, Colin R Morrison, Camilo Salazar, Carolina Pardo-Diaz, Richard M Merrill, W Owen McMillan, Stefan Schulz, Chris D Jiggins
Sex-specific pheromones are known to play an important role in butterfly courtship, and may influence both individual reproductive success and reproductive isolation between species. Extensive ecological, behavioural and genetic studies of Heliconius butterflies have made a substantial contribution to our understanding of speciation. Male pheromones, although long suspected to play an important role, have received relatively little attention in this genus. Here, we combine morphological, chemical and behavioural analyses of male pheromones in the Neotropical butterfly Heliconius melpomene...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133990/the-acoustic-repertoire-of-the-atlantic-forest-rocket-frog-and-its-consequences-for-taxonomy-and-conservation-allobates-aromobatidae
#5
Lucas Rodriguez Forti, Thaís Renata Ávila da Silva, Luís Felipe Toledo
The use of acoustic signals is a common characteristic of most anuran species to mediate intraspecific communication. Besides many social purposes, one of the main functions of these signals is species recognition. For this reason, this phenotypic trait is normally applied to taxonomy or to construct evolutionary relationship hypotheses. Here the acoustic repertoire of five populations of the genus Allobates from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest are presented for the first time, on a vulnerable to extinction Neotropical taxon...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133872/the-core-promoter-factor-trf2-mediates-a-fruitless-action-to-masculinize-neurobehavioral-traits-in-drosophila
#6
Zahid Sadek Chowdhury, Kosei Sato, Daisuke Yamamoto
In fruit flies, the male-specific fruitless (fru) gene product FruBM plays a central role in establishing the neural circuitry for male courtship behavior by orchestrating the transcription of genes required for the male-type specification of individual neurons. We herein identify the core promoter recognition factor gene Trf2 as a dominant modifier of fru actions. Trf2 knockdown in the sexually dimorphic mAL neurons leads to the loss of a male-specific neurite and a reduction in male courtship vigor. TRF2 forms a repressor complex with FruBM, strongly enhancing the repressor activity of FruBM at the promoter region of the robo1 gene, whose function is required for inhibiting the male-specific neurite formation...
November 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123249/crickets-alter-wind-elicited-escape-strategies-depending-on-acoustic-context
#7
Matasaburo Fukutomi, Hiroto Ogawa
Acoustic signals trigger various behaviours in insects such as courtship or escape from predators. However, it remains unknown whether insects utilize acoustic signals to recognize environmental contexts. The cricket is a prominent model insect for neuroethological studies on acoustic behaviour because female crickets exhibit positive phonotaxis in response to male calling songs, and flying crickets display avoidance behaviour for high-frequency sounds such as echolocation call of bats. The carrier frequency of these sounds is a major factor in determining whether they initiate these acoustic behaviours...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117505/changes-in-behavior-and-brain-immediate-early-gene-expression-in-male-threespined-sticklebacks-as-they-become-fathers
#8
Molly Kent, Alison M Bell
Motherhood is a period of intense behavioral and brain activity. However, we know less about the neural and molecular mechanisms associated with the demands of fatherhood. Here, we report the results of two experiments designed to track changes in behavior and brain activation associated with fatherhood in male threespined stickleback fish (Gasterosteus aculeatus), a species in which fathers are the sole providers of parental care. In experiment 1, we tested whether males' behavioral reactions to different social stimuli depends on parental status, i...
November 14, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110358/temporal-variation-in-brain-transcriptome-is-associated-with-the-expression-of-female-mimicry-as-a-sequential-male-alternative-reproductive-tactic-in-fish
#9
Sara D Cardoso, David Gonçalves, Alexander Goesmann, Adelino V M Canário, Rui F Oliveira
Distinct patterns of gene expression often underlie intra- and inter-sexual differences, and the study of this set of co-regulated genes is essential to understand the emergence of complex behavioural phenotypes. Here, we describe the development of a de novo transcriptome and brain gene expression profiles of wild-caught peacock blenny, Salaria pavo, an intertidal fish with sex-role reversal in courtship behaviour (i.e. females are the courting sex) and sequential alternative reproductive tactics in males (i...
November 7, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109241/optogenetic-activation-of-the-fruitless-labeled-circuitry-in-drosophila-subobscura-males-induces-mating-motor-acts
#10
Ryoya Tanaka, Tomohiro Higuchi, Soh Kohatsu, Kosei Sato, Daisuke Yamamoto
It remains an enigma how the nervous system of different animal species produces different behaviors. We studied the neural circuitry for mating behavior in Drosophila subobscura, a species that displays unique courtship actions not shared by other members of the genera including the genetic model D. melanogaster, in which the core courtship circuitry has been identified. We disrupted the D. subobscurafruitless (fru) gene, a master regulator for the courtship circuitry formation in D. melanogaster, resulting in complete loss of mating behavior...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108930/effects-of-age-on-the-courtship-copulation-and-fecundity-of-pardosa-pseudoannulata-araneae-lycosidae
#11
Xinyi Jiang, Yao Zhao, Qian Yan, Changchun Li, Qinghong Jiang, Yueli Yun, Yu Peng
According to sexual selection theory, age affects the preference of mate choice, and this preference ultimately influences the fecundity of the female. Pardosa pseudoannulata (Araneae: Lycosidae) is a valued predator in many cropping systems. By determining oviposition rate, egg hatching rate, and also the number and carapace width of the 2nd instar spiderlings of the F1 generation, we explored the effects of age on fecundity of the female spider. There were no significant effects of age on courtship duration, sexual cannibalism rate, mating rate, oviposition rate, egg hatching rate, or the number and carapace width of 2nd instar spiderings of P...
November 3, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104367/triggers-of-the-postural-display-of-courtship-in-drosophila-persimilis-flies
#12
Mónica Vega Hernández, Caroline Cecile Gabrielle Fabre
D. persimilis courtship shows some flexibility and courting males sometimes perform an elaborate postural display in addition to the standard courtship behaviours shared by most Drosophila species. This postural display includes the acrobatic contortion and tremulation of their abdomen, accompanied by the generation of substrate-borne vibrations, and they proffer a nutritional droplet to the female. Here, we use courtship and choice assays to ask what triggers this display and what advantages males may gain from it during courtship...
2017: Journal of Insect Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104348/plasticity-of-signaling-and-mate-choice-in-a-trilling-species-of-the-mecopoda-complex-orthoptera-tettigoniidae
#13
I Krobath, H Römer, M Hartbauer
Abstract: Males of a trilling species in the Mecopoda complex produce conspicuous calling songs that consist of two motifs: an amplitude-modulated motif with alternating loud and soft segments (AM-motif) and a continuous, high-intensity trill. The function of these song motifs for female attraction and competition between males was investigated. We tested the hypothesis that males modify their signaling behavior depending on the social environment (presence/absence of females or rival males) when they compete for mates...
2017: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098691/male-mate-choice-via-cuticular-hydrocarbon-pheromones-drives-reproductive-isolation-between-drosophila-species
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Michael P Shahandeh, Alison Pischedda, Thomas L Turner
Mate discrimination is a key mechanism restricting gene flow between species. While studied extensively with respect to female mate choice, mechanisms of male mate choice between species are far less studied. Thus, we have little knowledge of the relative frequency, importance, or overall contribution of male mate discrimination to reproductive isolation. In the present study, we estimated the relative contributions of male and female choice to reproductive isolation between Drosophila simulans and D. sechellia, and show that male mate discrimination accounts for the majority of the current isolation between these species...
November 3, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094110/enhanced-sleep-reverses-memory-deficits-and-underlying-pathology-in-drosophila-models-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Stephane Dissel, Markus Klose, Jeff Donlea, Lijuan Cao, Denis English, Raphaelle Winsky-Sommerer, Bruno van Swinderen, Paul J Shaw
To test the hypothesis that sleep can reverse cognitive impairment during Alzheimer's disease, we enhanced sleep in flies either co-expressing human amyloid precursor protein and Beta-secretase (APP:BACE), or in flies expressing human tau. The ubiquitous expression of APP:BACE or human tau disrupted sleep. The sleep deficits could be reversed and sleep could be enhanced when flies were administered the GABA-A agonist 4,5,6,7-tetrahydroisoxazolo-[5,4-c]pyridine-3-ol (THIP). Expressing APP:BACE disrupted both Short-term memory (STM) and Long-term memory (LTM) as assessed using Aversive Phototaxic Suppression (APS) and courtship conditioning...
January 2017: Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068054/life-history-and-ecology-of-the-elusive-european-short-snouted-seahorse-hippocampus-hippocampus
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J M R Curtis, S V Santos, J L Nadeau, B Gunn, K Bigney Wilner, H Balasubramanian, S Overington, C-M Lesage, J D'entremont, K Wieckowski
To improve the understanding of the life history and ecology of one of Europe's most elusive fishes, the short-snouted seahorse Hippocampus hippocampus, data from wild populations in a shallow coastal lagoon in southern Portugal were analysed. The data were collected from 17 tagged seahorses on a focal-study grid as well as from >350 seahorses encountered during underwater visual surveys and a fishery-independent study using beach seines. These populations of settled juveniles and adults had a mean population density of 0·009 m(-2) ...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061685/neuromuscular-mechanisms-of-an-elaborate-wing-display-in-the-golden-collared-manakin-manacus-vitellinus
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Matthew J Fuxjager, Leonida Fusani, Franz Goller, Lisa Trost, Andries Ter Maat, Manfred Gahr, Ioana Chiver, R Miller Ligon, Jennifer Chew, Barney A Schlinger
Many species perform elaborate physical displays to court mates and compete with rivals, but the biomechanical mechanisms underlying such behavior are poorly understood. Here we address this issue by studying the neuromuscular origins of display behavior in a small tropical passerine bird called the golden-collared manakin (Manacus vitellinus). Males of this species court females by dancing around the forest floor and rapidly snapping their wings together above their back. Using radio-telemetry, we collected electromyographic (EMG) recordings from the three main muscles that control avian forelimb movement, and found how these different muscles are activated to generate various aspects of display behavior...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058069/genes-linked-to-species-diversity-in-a-sexually-dimorphic-communication-signal-in-electric-fish
#18
G Troy Smith, Melissa R Proffitt, Adam R Smith, Douglas B Rusch
Sexually dimorphic behaviors are often regulated by androgens and estrogens. Steroid receptors and metabolism are control points for evolutionary changes in sexual dimorphism. Electric communication signals of South American knifefishes are a model for understanding the evolution and physiology of sexually dimorphic behavior. These signals are regulated by gonadal steroids and controlled by a simple neural circuit. Sexual dimorphism of the signals varies across species. We used transcriptomics to examine mechanisms for sex differences in electric organ discharges (EODs) of two closely related species, Apteronotus leptorhynchus and Apteronotus albifrons, with reversed sexual dimorphism in their EODs...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044744/ontogenetic-variation-in-the-sensory-structures-on-the-pedipalps-of-cosmetid-harvestmen-arachnida-opiliones-laniatores
#19
Victor R Townsend, Bruce P Enzmann
In arachnids, pedipalps are highly variable appendages that may be used in feeding, courtship, defense, and agonistic encounters. In cosmetid harvestmen, adults have pedipalps that feature flattened femora, spoon-shaped tibiae, and robust tarsal claws. In contrast, the pedipalps of nymphs are elongate with cylindrical podomeres and are adorned with delicate pretarsi. In this study, we used scanning electron microscopy to examine the distribution of cuticular structures (e.g., sensilla chaetica, pores) on the elements of the pedipalps of adults and nymphs of three species of cosmetid harvestmen...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026980/evolution-of-the-androgen-induced-male-phenotype
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Matthew J Fuxjager, Meredith C Miles, Barney A Schlinger
The masculine reproductive phenotype varies significantly across vertebrates. As a result, biologists have long recognized that many of the mechanisms that support these phenotypes-particularly the androgenic system-is evolutionarily labile, and thus susceptible to the effects of selection for different traits. However, exactly how androgenic signaling systems vary in a way which results in dramatically different functional outputs, remain largely unclear. We explore this topic here by outlining four key-but non-mutually exclusive-hypotheses that propose how the mechanisms of androgenic signaling might change over time to potentiate the emergence of phenotypical variation in masculine behavior and physiology...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
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