Skip to main content

Evolutionary ecology and behaviour

This section considers studies in the areas of evolutionary behaviour and ecology including sexual conflict and selection.

Page 6 of 6

  1. Fiddler crabs, genus Uca, are classic examples of how intense sexual selection can produce exaggerated male traits. Throughout the genus the enlarged “major” cheliped (claw) of the male fiddler crab is used both ...

    Authors: Brook O Swanson, Matthew N George, Stuart P Anderson and John H Christy
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:137
  2. Sex-limited polymorphisms have long intrigued evolutionary biologists and have been the subject of long-standing debates. The coexistence of multiple male and/or female morphs is widely believed to be maintain...

    Authors: Arne Iserbyt, Jessica Bots, Hans Van Gossum and Thomas N Sherratt
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:139
  3. Anuran vocalizations, especially their advertisement calls, are largely species-specific and can be used to identify taxonomic affiliations. Because anurans are not vocal learners, their vocalizations are gene...

    Authors: Bruno Gingras, Elmira Mohandesan, Drasko Boko and W Tecumseh Fitch
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:134
  4. Body shape is one of the most variable traits of organisms and responds to a broad array of local selective forces. In freshwater fish, divergent body shapes within single species have been repeatedly observed...

    Authors: Kristin Scharnweber, Kozo Watanabe, Jari Syväranta, Thomas Wanke, Michael T Monaghan and Thomas Mehner
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:132
  5. The gibel carp is a fish species with dual reproduction modes, gynogenesis and sexual reproduction, coexisting in mixed diploid-polyploid populations. Following the Red Queen (RQ) assumption, asexual organisms...

    Authors: Andrea Šimková, Martin Košař, Lukáš Vetešník and Martina Vyskočilová
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:122
  6. Sexual conflict over mating rates may favour the origin and maintenance of phenotypes with contrasting reproductive strategies. The damselfly Ischnura elegans is characterised by a female colour polymorphism that...

    Authors: Rosa Ana Sánchez-Guillén, Martijn Hammers, Bengt Hansson, Hans Van Gossum, Adolfo Cordero-Rivera, Dalia Ivette Galicia Mendoza and Maren Wellenreuther
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:116
  7. Understanding the evolution of species limits is important in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. Despite its likely importance in the evolution of these limits, little is known about phenotypic cova...

    Authors: M Julian Caley, Edward Cripps and Edward T Game
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:105
  8. Several macroevolutionary hypotheses propose a synchrony between climatic changes and variations in the structure of faunal communities. Some of them focus on the importance of the species ecological specializ...

    Authors: Ana R Gómez Cano, Juan L Cantalapiedra, Aurora Mesa, Ana Moreno Bofarull and Manuel Hernández Fernández
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:94
  9. Early evolutionary theories of aging predict that populations which experience low extrinsic mortality evolve a retarded onset of senescence. Experimental support for this theory in vertebrates is scarce, in p...

    Authors: Eva Terzibasi Tozzini, Alexander Dorn, Enoch Ng’oma, Matej Polačik, Radim Blažek, Kathrin Reichwald, Andreas Petzold, Brian Watters, Martin Reichard and Alessandro Cellerino
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:77
  10. Adaptation, which induces differentiation between populations in relation to environmental conditions, can initiate divergence. The balance between gene flow and selection determines the maintenance of such a ...

    Authors: Thibault Leroy, Christophe Lemaire, Frank Dunemann and Bruno Le Cam
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:64
  11. Acquisition of upright posture in evolution has been argued to facilitate manual laterality in primates. Owing to the high variety of postural habits marsupials can serve as a suitable model to test whether th...

    Authors: Andrey Giljov, Karina Karenina and Yegor Malashichev
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:61
  12. One of the most widely accepted ecomorphological relationships in vertebrates is the negative correlation between intestinal length and proportion of animal prey in diet. While many fish groups exhibit this ge...

    Authors: Aaron M Davis, Peter J Unmack, Bradley J Pusey, Richard G Pearson and David L Morgan
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:53
  13. Whereas the impact of endosymbionts on the ecology of their hosts is well known in some insect species, the question of whether host communities are influenced by endosymbionts remains largely unanswered. Nota...

    Authors: Adrien Merville, Samuel Venner, Hélène Henri, Agnès Vallier, Frédéric Menu, Fabrice Vavre, Abdelaziz Heddi and Marie-Claude Bel-Venner
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:28
  14. In stark contrast to the wealth of detail about C. elegans developmental biology and molecular genetics, biologists lack basic data for understanding the abundance and distribution of Caenorhabditis species in na...

    Authors: Marie-Anne Félix, Richard Jovelin, Céline Ferrari, Shery Han, Young Ran Cho, Erik C Andersen, Asher D Cutter and Christian Braendle
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:10
  15. Competitive social interactions are ubiquitous in nature, but their genetic basis is difficult to determine. Much can be learned from single gene knockouts in a eukaryote microbe. The mutants can be competed w...

    Authors: Lorenzo A Santorelli, Adam Kuspa, Gad Shaulsky, David C Queller and Joan E Strassmann
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:4
  16. Numerous recent studies have shown that resident symbiotic microorganisms of insects play a fundamental role in host ecology and evolution. The lepidopteran pest, African armyworm (Spodoptera exempta), is a highl...

    Authors: Robert I Graham and Kenneth Wilson
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:204

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:6

  17. Mutualistic interactions are wide-spread but the mechanisms underlying their evolutionary stability and ecological dynamics remain poorly understood. Cultivation mutualisms in which hosts consume symbionts occ...

    Authors: Aniek BF Ivens, Daniel JC Kronauer, Ido Pen, Franz J Weissing and Jacobus J Boomsma
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012 12:106

Annual Journal Metrics

  • For BMC Evolutionary Biology (former title)

    2022 Citation Impact
    3.4 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.6 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.061 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.968 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2023 Speed
    29 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    193 days submission to accept (Median)

    2023 Usage 
    3,013 Altmetric mentions

  • Transparency and Openness
    TOP Factor score - 9

    Peer Community In
    BMC Ecology and Evolution welcomes submissions of pre-print manuscripts recommended by the Peer Community In (PCI) platform. The journal may use PCI reviews and recommendations for the review process if appropriate. For instructions to submit your PCI recommended article, please click here. To find out more, please read our blog

Sign up for article alerts and news from this journal