Points of view: Cannibalism and OSR -- a response to Kvarnemo

Points of view: Cannibalism and OSR -- a response to Kvarnemo Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 8, 99±100 (1998) Points of view Cannibalism and OSR ± a response to Kvarnemo 1 2 CARL SMITH and RO B E RT J. WO OT TO N School of Biological Sciences, Queen Mary & West®eld College, University of London, London E1 4NS, United Kingdom. E-mail: c.smith@qmw.ac.uk Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Dyfed SY23 3DA, United Kingdom. E-mail: rjw@aber.ac.uk Keywords: parental cannibalism, operational sex ratio, sexual selection We would like to thank Dr Kvarnemo for her interesting comments. We acknowledge a proof-reading error in Table 1 of our paper (Smith and Wootton, 1995). For partial cannibalism, the effect on the male parent should read S while for complete ®lial cannibalism, the effect on the male should read G . The central argument presented by Kvarnemo (1998) in disagreement with our ideas is that parental cannibalism can never reduce male time `in' the reproductive population, that is reduce S . We argue that egg cannibalism by either a parental or non-parental male in a food-limited situation could reduce S and thereby reduce the population OSR. If by eating eggs in the nest of other males, or by eating a proportion of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries Springer Journals

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