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Fitness costs associated with chemical signaling

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Steiger, Sandra ; Meier, Tobias ; Müller, Josef K.:
Fitness costs associated with chemical signaling.
In: Communicative & Integrative Biology. Vol. 5 (2012) Issue 1 . - pp. 57-60.
ISSN 1942-0889
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4161/cib.17988

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The production, maintenance and transmission of chemical signals often entail costs. Costs can arise, for instance, if signal production depends on the availability of limited nutritional resources or if signal transmission leads to attraction of predators. Many species effectively reduce these costs by signaling at specific times or in certain contexts only. We previously reported that breeding burying beetle females facultatively adjust their pheromone emission in response to their social environment, emitting high amounts of their chemical signal in the presence of a male partner, but not when providing uniparental care. Here we present data showing that chemical signaling is costly, and that higher investments in signaling result in reduced clutch sizes, but not a shorter life span, in the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER147358
BAYCEER147357
Keywords: burying beetle; chemical communication; efficiency costs; Nicrophorus; strategic costs
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
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
Faculties
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
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2019 14:41
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 14:41
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/48375