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Stick and leaf insects

Miller, S.M., Stuart, K.C., Burke, N.W., Rollins. L.A. and Bonduriansky, R. 2024. Genetic and phenotypic consequences of local transitions between sexual and parthenogenetic reproduction in the wild. The American Naturalist 203: 727511.

Burke, N.W. and Bonduriansky, R. 2022. Sexually but not parthenogenetically produced females benefit from mating in a stick insect. Functional Ecology 36: 2001-2014.

Bonduriansky, R. and Creak, C. 2022. Exoskeleton ageing and its relation to longevity and fecundity in female Australian Leaf Insects (Phyllium monteithi). Australian Journal of Zoology 69: 158-165.

Burke, N.W. and Bonduriansky, R. 2019. Exposure to juvenile males during development suppresses female capacity for parthenogenesis in a stick insect. Animal Behaviour 154: 85-94.

Burke, N.W. and Bonduriansky, R. 2018. The fitness effects of delayed switching to sex in a facultatively asexual insect. Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3895

Burke, N.W. 2017. The short end of the stick: cloning and costly sex in the spiny leaf insect. Wildlife Australia 53: 28-31.

Burke, N. W., Crean, A. J., and Bonduriansky, R. 2015. The role of sexual conflict in the evolution of facultative parthenogenesis: a study on the spiny leaf stick insect. Animal Behaviour 101: 117-127.

Neriid flies

Hubakk, K., Wylde, Z. and Bonduriansky, R. 2024. Can developmental plasticity shape sexual competition and promote reproductive isolation? Behavioral Ecology 35 (4): arae047.

Hooper, A.K. and Bonduriansky, R. 2022. Effects of genetic vs. environmental quality on condition-dependent morphological and life history traits in a neriid fly. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 35: 803-816.

Wylde, Z., Spagopoulou, F., Hooper, A.K., Maklakov, A.A. and Bonduriansky, R. 2019. Parental breeding age effects on descendants’ longevity interact over two generations in matrilines and patrilines. PLoS Biology 17(11): e3000556 doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000556

Hooper, A.K. and Bonduriansky, R. 2019. Effects of larval diet quality on the growth and development of immature stages of Telostylinus angusticollis (Diptera: Neriidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 66: 369-378.

Wylde, Z., Crean, A.J. and Bonduriansky, R. 2019. Effects of condition and sperm competition risk on sperm allocation and storage in neriid flies. Behavioral Ecology 31: 202-212.

Wylde, Z., Adler, L., Crean, A.J. and Bonduriansky, R. 2019. Perceived dominance status affects chemical signalling in the neriid fly Telostylinus angusticollis. Animal Behaviour

Macartney, E.L., Nicovich, P.R., Bonduriansky, R., and Crean, A.J. 2018. Developmental diet irreversibly shapes male post-copulatory traits in the neriid fly, Telostylinus angusticollis. Journal of Evolutionary Biology

Macartney, E., Crean, A.J. and Bonduriansky, R. 2017. Adult dietary protein has age- and context-dependent effects on male post-copulatory performance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30: 1633-1643.

Hooper, A.K., Spagopoulou, F., Wylde, Z., Maklakov, A.A. and Bonduriansky, R. 2017. Ontogenetic timing as a condition-dependent life history trait: high-condition males develop quickly, peak early and age fast. Evolution 71: 671-685.

Adler, M., Telford, M. and Bonduriansky , R. 2016. Phenotypes optimized for early-life reproduction exhibit faster somatic deterioration with age, revealing a latent cost of high condition. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29: 2436-2446.

Bonduriansky , R., Runagall-McNaull, A., and Crean, A. J. 2016. The nutritional geometry of parental effects: maternal and paternal macronutrient consumption and offspring phenotype in a neriid fly. Functional Ecology 30: 1675-1686.

Runagall-McNaull, A., Bonduriansky , R. and Crean, A. J. 2015. Dietary protein and lifespan across the metamorphic boundary: protein-restricted larvae develop into short-lived adults. Scientific Reports 5: 11783

Nicovich, P.R., Macartney, E.L., Whan, R.M. and Crean, A.J. 2015. Measuring sperm movement within the female reproductive tract using Fourier analysis. Microscopy and Microanalysis 21: 256-263.

Fricke, C., Adler, M.I., Brooks, R.C. and Bonduriansky, R. The complexity of male reproductive success: effects of nutrition, morphology and experience. Behavioral Ecology  26: 617-624.

Crean, A. J., Kopps, A. and Bonduriansky, R. 2014. Revisiting telegony: Offspring inherit an acquired characteristic of their mother's previous mate. Ecology Letters 17: 1545-1552.

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Cassidy, E.J., Bath, E., Chenoweth, S.F., and Bonduriansky, R. 2013. Sex-specific patterns of morphological diversification: evolution of reaction norms and static allometries in neriid flies. Evolution 68: 368-383.

Sentinella, A.T., Crean, A.J., and Bonduriansky, R. 2013. Dietary protein mediates a trade-off between larval survival and the development of male secondary sexual traits. Functional Ecology 27: 1134-1144.

Adler, M.I. and Bonduriansky, R. 2013. Paternal effects on offspring fitness reflect father's social environment. Evolutionary Biology 40: 288-292.

Adler, M.I., Cassidy, E.J., Fricke, C. and Bonduriansky, R. 2013. The lifespan-reproduction trade-off under dietary restriction is sex-specific and context-dependent. Experimental Gerontology 48: 539-548. 

Bath, E., Tatarnic, N. and Bonduriansky, R. 2012. Asymmetric reproductive isolation and interference in neriid flies: the roles of genital morphology and behaviour. Animal Behaviour 84: 1331-1339.

Kopps, A.M., Bonduriansky, R., Gilchrist, A.S. and Crean, A.J. 2012. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the neriid fly Telostylinus angusticollis using MiSeq sequencing. Australian Journal of Zoology 60: 388-391.

Adler, M. and Bonduriansky, R. 2011. The dissimilar costs of love and war: Age-specific mortality as a function of the operational sex ratio. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 1169-1177.

Bonduriansky, R. 2009. Condition dependence of developmental stability in the sexually dimorphic fly Telostylinus angusticollis (Diptera: Neriidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 861-872.

Kawasaki, N., Brassil, C.E., Brooks, R. and Bonduriansky, R. 2008. Environmental effects on the expression of lifespan and aging: An extreme contrast between wild and captive cohorts of Telostylinus angusticollis (Diptera: Neriidae). The American Naturalist 172: 346-357.

Bonduriansky, R. and Head, M. 2007. Maternal and paternal condition effects on offspring phenotype in Telostylinus angusticollis (Diptera: Neriidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20: 2379-2388.

Bonduriansky, R. 2007. The evolution of condition dependent sexual dimorphism. The American Naturalist 169: 9-19.

Bonduriansky, R. 2006. Convergent evolution of sexual shape dimorphism in Diptera. Journal of Morphology 267: 602-611.

Piophilid flies

Angell, C., Oudin, M., Rode, N.O., Mautz, B., Bonduriansky, R. and Rundle, H. 2020. Development time mediates the effect of larval diet on ageing and mating success of male antler flies in the wild. Proc. R. Soc. B doi.org/10.32942/osf.io/68hcs

Mautz, B., Rode, N., Bonduriansky, R., Rundle, H. 2019. Comparing ageing and the effects of diet supplementation in wild vs. captive antler flies, Protopiophila litigata. Journal of Animal Ecology 88: 1913-1924.

Oudin, M., Bonduriansky , R., Mautz, B. and Rundle, H.D. 2015. Experimental evidence of condition-dependent sexual dimorphism in the weakly dimorphic antler fly, Protopiophila litigata (Diptera: Piophilidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 116: 211-220.

Maklakov, A.A., and Bonduriansky, R. 2009. Sex differences in survival costs of homosexual and heterosexual interactions: evidence from a fly and a beetle. Animal Behaviour 77: 1375-1379.

Bonduriansky, R. 2006. Convergent evolution of sexual shape dimorphism in Diptera.  Journal of Morphology 267: 602-611.

Bonduriansky, R. and Rowe, L. 2005. Intralocus sexual conflict and the genetic architecture of sexually dimorphic traits in Prochyliza xanthostoma (Diptera: Piophilidae). Evolution 59: 1965-1975.

Bonduriansky, R., and Brassil, C.E. 2005. Reproductive ageing and sexual selection on male body size in a wild population of antler flies (Protopiophila litigata). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 18: 1332-1340.

Bonduriansky, R. and Rowe, L. 2005. Sexual selection, genetic architecture, and the condition dependence of body shape in the sexually dimorphic fly, Prochyliza xanthostoma (Diptera: Piophilidae). Evolution 59: 138–151.

Bonduriansky, R., Wheeler, J. and Rowe, L. 2005. Ejaculate feeding and female fitness in the sexually dimorphic fly Prochyliza xanthostoma (Diptera: Piophilidae). Animal Behaviour 69: 489-497.

Bonduriansky, R. 2003. Layered sexual selection: a comparative analysis of sexual behaviour within an assemblage of piophilid flies. Canadian Journal Of Zoology 81: 479-491.

Bonduriansky, R. and Rowe, L. 2003. Interactions among mechanisms of sexual selection on male body size and head shape in a sexually dimorphic fly. Evolution 57: 2046-2053.

Bonduriansky, R. and Brassil, C.E. 2002. Rapid and costly ageing in wild male flies. Nature 420: 377.

Bonduriansky, R. 2002. Leaping behaviour and responses to moisture and sound in larvae of piophilid carrion flies. Canadian Entomologist 134: 647-656.

Bonduriansky, R. and Brooks, R.J. 1999. Reproductive allocation and reproductive ecology of seven species of diptera. Ecological Entomology 24: 389-395.

Bonduriansky, R. and Brooks, R.J. 1999. Why do male antler flies (Protopiophila litigata) fight? The role of male combat in the structure of mating aggregations on moose antlers. Ethology Ecology & Evolution 11: 287-301.

Bonduriansky, R. and Brooks, R.J. 1998. Copulation and oviposition behaviour of Protopiophila litigata (Diptera: Piophilidae). Canadian Entomologist 130: 399-405. 

Bonduriansky, R. and Brooks, R.J. 1998. Male antler flies (Protopiophila litigata; Diptera: Piophilidae) are more selective than females in mate choice. Canadian Journal of Zoology 76: 1277-1285.

Bonduriansky, R. 1995. A new Nearctic species of Protopiophila Duda (Diptera: Piophilidae), with notes on its behaviour and comparison with P. latipes (Meigen). Canadian Entomologist 127: 859-863.

Drosophila

Macartney, E.L. and Bonduriansky, R. 2022. Does female resistance to mating select for live-fast-die-young strategies in males? A comparative analysis in the genus Drosophila. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 35: 192-200. doi.org/10.1111/jeb.13937.

Macartney, E.L., Zeender, V., Meena, A., De Nardo, A.N., Bonduriansky, R. and Lüpold, S. 2021. Sperm depletion in relation to developmental nutrition and genotype in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution 75: 2830-2841.

Allen, S. L., Bonduriansky, R., Sgro, C. and Chenoweth, S.F. 2017. Sex-biased transcriptome divergence along a latitudinal gradient. Molecular Ecology 26: 1256-1272.

Bonduriansky, R., Mallet, M.A., Arbuthnott, D., Pawlowsky-Glahn, V., Egozcue, J.J. and Rundle, H.D. 2015. Differential effects of genetic vs. environmental quality in Drosophila melanogaster suggest multiple forms of condition dependence. Ecology Letters 18: 317-326.

Allen, S.L., Bonduriansky, R., and Chenoweth, S.F. 2013. The genomic distribution of sex-biased genes in Drosophila serrata: X chromosome demasculinization, feminization, and hyper-expression in both sexes. Genome Biology and Evolution 5: 1986-1994.

Reddiex, A.J., Gosden, T.P., Bonduriansky, R. and Chenoweth, S.F. 2013. Sex-specific fitness consequences of nutrient intake and the evolvability of diet preferences. The American Naturalist 182: 91-102.

Callosobruchus maculatus

Cayetano, L. and Bonduriansky , R. 2015. Condition dependence of male and female genital structures in the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28: 1364-1372.

Hallsson, L., Chenoweth, S.F. and Bonduriansky, R. 2012. The relative importance of genetic and nongenetic inheritance in relation to trait plasticity in Callosobruchus maculatus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25: 2422-2431.

Cayetano, L., Maklakov, A.A., Brooks, R.C. and Bonduriansky, R. 2011. Evolution of male and female genitalia following release from sexual selection. Evolution 65: 2171-2183.

Maklakov, A.A., Cayetano, L., Brooks, R.C. and Bonduriansky, R. 2010. The roles of life-history selection and sexual selection in the adaptive evolution of mating behaviour in a beetle. Evolution 64: 1273-1282.

Maklakov, A.A., Bonduriansky, R. and Brooks, R.C. 2009. Sex differences, sexual selection and ageing: an experimental evolution approach. Evolution 63: 2491-2503.

Maklakov, A.A., and Bonduriansky, R. 2009. Sex differences in survival costs of homosexual and heterosexual interactions: evidence from a fly and a beetle. Animal Behaviour 77: 1375-1379.

Crickets

Zajitschek, F., Brassil, C.E., Bonduriansky, R. and Brooks, R. 2009. Sex-effects on lifespan and senescence in the wild when dates of birth and death are unknown. Ecology 90: 1698-1707.

Maklakov, A.A., Hall, M., Simpson, S.J., Dessman, J., Clissold, F., Zajitschek, F., Lailvaus, S.P., Raubenheimer, D., Bonduriansky, R. and Brooks, R.C. Sex differences in nutrient-dependent reproductive ageing. Aging Cell 8: 324-330.

Zajitschek, F., Bonduriansky, R., Zajitschek, S.R.K. and Brooks, R. 2009. Sexual dimorphism in life history: age, survival and reproduction in male and female field crickets Teleogryllus commodus under seminatural conditions. The American Naturalist 173: 792-802.

Maklakov, A.A., Simpson, S.J., Zajitschek, F., Hall, M., Dessman, J., Clissold, F., Raubenheimer, D., Bonduriansky, R. and Brooks, R.C. 2008. Sex-specific fitness effects of nutrient intake on reproduction and lifespan. Current Biology 18: 1062-1066.

Moths

Rabieh, M.M., Esfandiari, M. Seraj, A.A. and Bonduriansky , R. 2015. Genital and body allometry in two species of noctuid moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 116: 183-196.