Genetic variation in "first" male effects on egg laying and remating by female Drosophila melanogaster

Behav Genet. 1996 Jan;26(1):39-48. doi: 10.1007/BF02361157.


Male Drosophila melanogaster from lines artificially selected to have divergent life histories were tested to determine if they differed in their effects on female reproductive behavior. During the first 5 days after mating, males from short-generation populations caused females to lay eggs at a faster rate than did males from long-generation populations. This faster oviposition rate resulted in greater numbers of adult progeny produced by short-generation males. During the period 6-21 days after mating, long-generation males fathered more adult progeny. Females that were first mated to short-generation males were more likely to remate than were females first mated to long-generation males. Rematings were interrupted in order to prevent transfer of second-male accessory fluid and sperm. Females that were first mated to long-generation males produced more progeny after interrupted matings than did females that were first mated to short-generation males.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Drosophila melanogaster / genetics*
  • Female
  • Gene Expression / physiology
  • Genetic Variation*
  • Male
  • Models, Genetic
  • Oviposition / genetics*
  • Peptide Fragments / genetics
  • Phenotype
  • Selection, Genetic
  • Sexual Behavior, Animal / physiology*
  • Species Specificity
  • Spermatozoa / physiology


  • Peptide Fragments