Symposium: The evolutionary ecology of regular inbreeding in insects, spiders and mites
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Brother-sister mating is an under-appreciated mating system that characterizes many successful lineages of insects, spiders and mites. A surprising variety of arthropods have inbred for millions of years and are exquisitely adapted to regular sib-mating. Regular inbreeding is practiced by gall-making thrips, bark beetles, a few termites, some nonsocial Hymenoptera, and a few ants. It occurs in many mites, where it is often associated with physogastry, and in all social spiders. We will discuss important aspects of inbreeding and examine the evolutionary ecology of selected inbreeding taxa.
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