8. The Evolution of Parental Care in the Onthophagine Dung Beetles

  1. Leigh W. Simmons2 and
  2. T. James Ridsdill-Smith3
  1. John Hunt and
  2. Clarissa House

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444342000.ch8

Ecology and Evolution of Dung Beetles

Ecology and Evolution of Dung Beetles

How to Cite

Hunt, J. and House, C. (2011) The Evolution of Parental Care in the Onthophagine Dung Beetles, in Ecology and Evolution of Dung Beetles (eds L. W. Simmons and T. J. Ridsdill-Smith), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444342000.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Centre for Evolutionary Biology, School of Animal Biology, University of Western Australia, Crawley, 6009, Crawley, Western Australia

  2. 3

    School of Animal Biology, University of Western Australia, Crawley 6009, Crawley, Western Australia

Author Information

  1. Centre for Ecology and Conservation, School of Biosciences, The University of Exeter, Tremough Campus, Penryn, TR10 9EZ, Cornwall, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444333152

Online ISBN: 9781444342000

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Keywords:

  • Parental care theory;
  • Drosophila melanogaster;
  • anisogamy - males generally produce far more, smaller gametes than females;
  • Confidence of paternity and paternal care;
  • marginal value theorem (MVT)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Parental care theory

  • Testing parental care theory using onthophagine dung beetles

  • Conclusions and future directions