Abstract - Journal of Evolutionary Biology 14:83-94


Androdioecy (populations of males and hermaphrodites) is a rare reproductive form, being described from only a handful of plants and animals.  One of these is the shrimp Eulimnadia texana, which has populations comprised of three mating types: two hermaphroditic types (monogenics and amphigenics) and males.  In a recent study, the amphigenic hermaphrodites were found to be in greater abundance than that predicted from a model of this mating system.  Herein, we compare the relative fitness of offspring from amphigenic and monogenic siblings, attempting to understand the greater relative abundance of the former.  Populations started with offspring from selfed monogenic hermaphrodites had a net reproductive rate 87% that of offspring from their amphigenic siblings.  Additionally, within populations of amphigenic offspring (which included males, monogenics, and amphigenics), amphigenics survived longer than monogenics.  These differences help to explain the increased relative abundance of amphigenics in natural populations, but amphigenics continue to be more abundant than expected.



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