Skip to main content
×
×
Home
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 40
  • Cited by
    This chapter has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Jara, Fabián Gastón and Perotti, María Gabriela 2018. The life cycle of the giant water bug of northwestern Patagonian wetlands: the effect of hydroperiod and temperature regime. Invertebrate Biology, Vol. 137, Issue. 2, p. 105.

    Ohba, Shin-ya Matsuo, Sayaka Huynh, Thi T. Trang and Kudo, Shin-ichi 2018. Female mate preference for egg-caring males in the giant water bug Diplonychus rusticus (Heteroptera Belostomatidae). Ethology Ecology & Evolution, Vol. 30, Issue. 5, p. 477.

    Ohba, Shin-ya 2018. Ecology of giant water bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Belostomatidae). Entomological Science,

    Criscione, Julia and Grimaldi, David 2017. The oldest predaceous water bugs (Insecta, Heteroptera, Belostomatidae), with implications for paleolimnology of the Triassic Cow Branch Formation. Journal of Paleontology, Vol. 91, Issue. 06, p. 1166.

    Calbacho-Rosa, Lucia Córdoba-Aguilar, Alex Munguía-Steyer, Roberto and Peretti, Alfredo V. 2017. A Parental Care-Mating Dilemma? Potential Risks for Offspring in the Pholcid Spider When Egg-Carrying Females Accept Mating. Journal of Insect Behavior, Vol. 30, Issue. 2, p. 155.

    Santos, Eduardo S. A. Bueno, Pedro P. Gilbert, James D. J. and Machado, Glauco 2017. Macroecology of parental care in arthropods: higher mortality risk leads to higher benefits of offspring protection in tropical climates. Biological Reviews, Vol. 92, Issue. 3, p. 1688.

    OHBA, SHIN-YA and MAEDA, AIRI 2017. Paternal care behaviour of the giant water bug Kirkaldyia deyrolli (Heteroptera: Belostomatidae) against ants. Ecological Entomology, Vol. 42, Issue. 4, p. 402.

    Ohba, Shin-ya Okuda, Noboru and Kudo, Shin-ichi 2016. Sexual selection of male parental care in giant water bugs. Royal Society Open Science, Vol. 3, Issue. 5, p. 150720.

    Consolmagno, Rafael C. Requena, Gustavo S. Machado, Glauco and Brasileiro, Cinthia A. 2016. Costs and benefits of temporary egg desertion in a rocky shore frog with male-only care. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Vol. 70, Issue. 5, p. 785.

    Ohba, Shin-Ya and Tatsuta, Haruki 2016. Young giant water bug nymphs prefer larger prey: changes in foraging behaviour with nymphal growth inKirkaldyia deyrolli. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Vol. 117, Issue. 3, p. 601.

    Braga Goncalves, Ines Ahnesjö, Ingrid and Kvarnemo, Charlotta 2015. The evolutionary puzzle of egg size, oxygenation and parental care in aquatic environments. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol. 282, Issue. 1813, p. 20150690.

    Gilbert, James D. J. and Manica, Andrea 2015. The evolution of parental care in insects: A test of current hypotheses. Evolution, Vol. 69, Issue. 5, p. 1255.

    Tsai, Jing-Fu Kudo, Shin-ichi and Yoshizawa, Kazunori 2015. Maternal care in Acanthosomatinae (Insecta: Heteroptera: Acanthosomatidae)—correlated evolution with morphological change. BMC Evolutionary Biology, Vol. 15, Issue. 1,

    Raupach, Michael J. Hendrich, Lars Küchler, Stefan M. Deister, Fabian Morinière, Jérome Gossner, Martin M. and Fontaneto, Diego 2014. Building-Up of a DNA Barcode Library for True Bugs (Insecta: Hemiptera: Heteroptera) of Germany Reveals Taxonomic Uncertainties and Surprises. PLoS ONE, Vol. 9, Issue. 9, p. e106940.

    Requena, Gustavo S. and Machado, Glauco 2014. Mating behavior of a Neotropical arachnid with exclusive paternal care. acta ethologica, Vol. 17, Issue. 1, p. 23.

    WONG, JANINE W. Y. MEUNIER, JOËL and KÖLLIKER, MATHIAS 2013. The evolution of parental care in insects: the roles of ecology, life history and the social environment. Ecological Entomology, Vol. 38, Issue. 2, p. 123.

    Ohba, Shin-ya Izumi, Yohei and Tsumuki, Hisaaki 2012. Effect of loach consumption on the reproduction of giant water bug Kirkaldyia deyrolli: dietary selection, reproductive performance, and nutritional evaluation. Journal of Insect Conservation, Vol. 16, Issue. 6, p. 829.

    Daly-Engel, T. S. Smith, R. L. Finn, D. S. Knoderbane, M. E. Phillipsen, I. C. and Lytle, D. A. 2012. 17 novel polymorphic microsatellite markers for the giant water bug, Abedus herberti (Belostomatidae). Conservation Genetics Resources, Vol. 4, Issue. 4, p. 979.

    Monteith, K. M. Andrews, C. and Smiseth, P. T. 2012. Post-hatching parental care masks the effects of egg size on offspring fitness: a removal experiment on burying beetles. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Vol. 25, Issue. 9, p. 1815.

    OHBA, Shin-ya 2011. Field observation of predation on a turtle by a giant water bug. Entomological Science, Vol. 14, Issue. 3, p. 364.

    ×
  • Print publication year: 1997
  • Online publication date: July 2010

6 - Evolution of paternal care in the giant water bugs (Heteroptera: Belostomatidae)

Summary

ABSTRACT

Unilateral postzygotic paternal care is extremely rare among animals. The giant water bug family Belostomatidae contains most of the arthropod species known to exhibit this unusual behavior. In the subfamily Lethocerinae, males brood eggs laid on emergent vegetation. Brooding in this group involves watering eggs, shading them, and defending them against predation. In the subfamily Belostomatinae, males employ a variety of behavior patterns to aerate eggs attached to their backs by their mates. Brooding is obligatory in all belostomatid species studied; unattended eggs invariably die if left in the open air or submersed.

This chapter explores the biology, phylogeny and fossil record of the Belostomatidae and related taxa in an attempt to discern the selection forces, the constraints, and the sequence of historical events responsible for the evolution of this unusual behavior and its subsequent diversification. Selection for large bug size, in order to take advantage of vertebrate prey, together with the dual phylogenetic constraints of Dyar's Law and the apparent inability of heteropterans to add molts, coupled egg size to body size. Thus selection for large bugs also produced large eggs: too large to develop unattended submersed in water. A past history of eggs being laid in water left these larger eggs lacking the necessary adaptations to survive desiccation when laid unattended in the open air. Consequently, large eggs created selection for an innovation to lift egg–size limitations on imago size. Ergo, emergent brooding evolved in the lethocerine lineage.

Recommend this book

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this book to your organisation's collection.

The Evolution of Social Behaviour in Insects and Arachnids
  • Online ISBN: 9780511721953
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511721953
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to *
×