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Transitions Between Sexual Systems

Understanding the Mechanisms of, and Pathways Between, Dioecy, Hermaphroditism and Other Sexual Systems

Editors: Leonard, Janet L. (Ed.)

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  • Provides a timely treatment of transitions between sexual systems in plants and animals
  • Identifies novel factors associated with changes in sexual systems
  • Explains sexual systems of different taxa
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This book focuses on explaining the distribution of sexual systems (simultaneous hermaphroditism, sequential hermaphroditism, environmental sex determination,dioecy, androdioecy, etc.) among taxa, which remains a major challenge in evolutionary biology.  Although significant advances have been made for angiosperms, there is not yet a theory that predicts the sexual system for the majority of animal taxa, and other taxa of plants also remain poorly understood. 

The problem, particularly for animals, is that sexual systems can be very conservative, with whole phyla and classes being characterized by  a single sexual system; for example essentially the whole phylum Platyhelminthes is simultaneously hermaphroditic, whereas the Insecta (Hexapoda) and the Tetrapoda  among the vertebrates, are exclusively dioecious. Sex allocation theory on the other hand, suggests that sexual systems should be highly responsive to evolution, changing with population density, life span, patterns of resource availability, etc.  The book provides an overview of the topic and then presents a series of chapters, each dealing with a taxon with substantial lability in sexual system in order to identify the factors associated with changes in sexual system in each case. By doing so, the authors reveal factors that have not been considered in formal theory but seem to have a major impact on transitions between sexual systems.

This book appeals to a wide readership in fields from zoology and evolutionary biology to botany.

About the authors

Janet L. Leonard is a Research Associate with the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California-Santa Cruz and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, served as an Instructor at the University of Maine-Orono, and was a postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California-San Diego; followed by faculty appointments at the University of Oklahoma and at the Mark O. Hatfield Marine Science Center of Oregon State University. She has been a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and President of the Western Society of Malacologists. Her research interests are in animal behavior, sexual selection, and invertebrate biology.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • The Evolution of Sexual Systems in Animals

    Pages 1-58

    Leonard, Janet L.

  • Phylogeny, Evolution, and Ecology of Sexual Systems Across the Land Plants

    Pages 59-79

    Case, Andrea L. (et al.)

  • Transitions Between Combined and Separate Sexes in Flowering Plants

    Pages 81-98

    Pannell, John R.

  • The Evolution of Uniparental Reproduction in Rhabditina Nematodes: Phylogenetic Patterns, Developmental Causes, and Surprising Consequences

    Pages 99-122

    Haag, Eric S. (et al.)

  • Polychaete Worms on the Brink Between Hermaphroditism and Separate Sexes

    Pages 123-163

    Picchi, Laura (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transitions Between Sexual Systems
Book Subtitle
Understanding the Mechanisms of, and Pathways Between, Dioecy, Hermaphroditism and Other Sexual Systems
Editors
  • Janet L. Leonard
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94139-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94139-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94137-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 363
Number of Illustrations
32 b/w illustrations, 30 illustrations in colour
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