A scientometric analysis on pre- and post-copulatory traits in Odonata

  • geschrieben von Gabrielle Cristina Pestana, Erick Mateus-Barros, Leandro Schlemmer Brasil, Rhainer Guillermo-Ferreira
  • International Journal of Odonatology
  • Band: 24 (2021)
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  • 215–226 Seiten
  • Erscheinungsdatum: 20.12.2021
  • Englisch
  • doi: 10.23797/2159-6719_24_16

Keywords: sexual ornamentation, sperm competition, dragonfly, damselfly

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In the last decades, studies on sexual selection in odonates have shown a relationship between mating success and costly sexual ornaments, mainly male characters. Here, we conducted a scientometric analysis to assess the state of art of studies on sexual selection in odonates, especially on the role of male ornamentation (pre-copulatory traits) and sperm competition  (post-copulatory traits). We found 51 papers focused on sexual  ornamentation and 34 on sperm competition. Only one study  simultaneously addressed both pre- and post-copulatory traits,  nevertheless without an integrative approach. Results show that  calopterygids are extensively studied regarding pre-copulatory traits (i.e., male wing pigmentation), while libellulids are mostly studied in post- copulatory traits (e.g., sperm competition) focused research. These  preferences seem to be related to characteristics like presence of  ornamentation and territoriality, large body size, variation and complexity  of sperm removal structures, respectively. For the post-copulatory traits, sperm removal is frequently addressed, but few other strategies, like the investment in sperm quality and quantity, are investigated. Finally, we demonstrate that it is necessary to conduct studies focused on addressing the relationship between pre- and post- mating sexual traits.

Gabrielle Cristina Pestana

Department of Hydrobiology, Federal University of São Carlos. Rod. Washington Luís, km 235, São Carlos- SP,13565-905, Brazil.
Graduate Program in Ecology and Natural Resources (PPGERN), Federal University of São Carlos.

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Erick Mateus-Barros

Department of Hydrobiology, Federal University of São Carlos. Rod. Washington Luís, km 235, São Carlos- SP,13565-905, Brazil.
Graduate Program in Ecology and Natural Resources (PPGERN), Federal University of São Carlos.

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Leandro Schlemmer Brasil

Science Health Institute, Federal University of Pará. Av. Perimetral, 2-224 - Guamá, Belém - PA, 66077-830.

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Rhainer Guillermo-Ferreira

LESTES Lab, Department of Hydrobiology Department, Federal University of São Carlos, Washington Luís, km 235, São Carlos - SP,13565-905, Brazil.

Corresponding author: rhainerguillermo@gmail.com

ORCID: 0000-0001-7774-5252

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