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Cost of Sex in Aphids: Size of Males at Birth and the Primary Sex Ratio in Sitobion avenae (F.)
C. Newton and A. F. G. Dixon
Vol. 1, No. 4 (1987), pp. 321-326
Published by: British Ecological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2389787
Page Count: 6
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Although Sitobion avenae (F.) was less fecund under sexual-inducing photoperiods it did not produce a significantly lower biomass of offspring than apterae reared under long daylength. The lower fecundity is due to the cost of developing the larger male embryos; at birth males were significantly heavier and denser than females. The primary sex ratio in S. avenae is approximately two females to one male but is equal in terms of biomass.
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