Data from: Evolution of sexual traits influencing vectorial capacity in anopheline mosquitoes

Sara N. Mitchell, Evdoxia G. Kakani, Adam South, Paul I. Howell, Robert M. Waterhouse & Flaminia Catteruccia
The availability of genome sequences from 16 anopheline species provides unprecedented opportunities to study the evolution of reproductive traits relevant for malaria transmission. In Anopheles gambiae, a likely candidate for sexual selection is male 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E). Sexual transfer of this steroid hormone as part of a mating plug dramatically changes female physiological processes intimately tied to vectorial capacity. By combining phenotypic studies with ancestral state reconstructions and phylogenetic analyses, we show that mating plug transfer...
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