The lion's mane: sexual and natural selection on pollen morphology in Taraxacum

Austin Lynn, Emelyn Piotter, Ellie Harrison & Candace Galen
Premise of the study: Spiny pollen has evolved independently in multiple entomophilous lineages. Sexual selection may act on exine traits that facilitate male mating success by influencing the transfer of pollen from the anther to the body of the pollinator, while natural selection acts to increase pollen survival. We postulated that relative to sexual congeners, apomictic dandelions undergo relaxed selection on traits associated with male mating success. Methods: We explored sexual selection on exine traits...
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