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Recognition and Family Life : Recognition Mechanisms in the Biparental Burying Beetle

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Steiger, Sandra:
Recognition and Family Life : Recognition Mechanisms in the Biparental Burying Beetle.
In: Aquiloni, Laura ; Tricarico, Elena (ed.): Social Recognition in Invertebrates. - Cham : Springer , 2015 . - pp. 249-266
ISBN 978-3-319-17599-7
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-17599-7_12

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Burying beetles (genus Nicrophorus) are one of the few insect taxa that provide elaborate prehatching and posthatching biparental care. They reproduce on dead vertebrates and both parents are known to feed and defend their young. In this chapter, I will show that both of their key characteristics, their extended biparental care as well as their reproduction on a valuable and sought-after resource gave rise to the evolution of sophisticated recognition mechanisms. They are able to recognize the sex of a conspecific, their previous mating partner, their breeding partner including its reproductive sate and—using temporal cues—their offspring. I will provide an overview of the recent advances in elucidating the recognition processes of burying beetles and will demonstrate that most of the recognition mechanisms are mediated by chemical cues and signals.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER147297
Keywords: Burying beetle; Nicrophorus; Biparental care; Chemical signals; Parent-offspring interactions
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology II - Evolutionary Animal Ecology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology II - Evolutionary Animal Ecology > Chair Animal Ecology II - Evolutionary Animal Ecology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sandra Steiger
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2019 14:08
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019 14:08
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/48349