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The Evolutionary Relevance of Social Learning and Transmission in Non-Social Arthropods with a Focus on Oviposition-Related Behaviors

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Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics Group, Earth and Life Institute, UCLouvain, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
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Evolution and Ecophysiology Group, Earth and Life Institute, UCLouvain, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
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Academic Editors: Luigi Viggiano and Renè Massimiliano Marsano
Genes 2021, 12(10), 1466; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12101466
Received: 31 July 2021 / Revised: 15 September 2021 / Accepted: 21 September 2021 / Published: 22 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Stability and Evolution of Genes and Genomes)
Research on social learning has centered around vertebrates, but evidence is accumulating that small-brained, non-social arthropods also learn from others. Social learning can lead to social inheritance when socially acquired behaviors are transmitted to subsequent generations. Using oviposition site selection, a critical behavior for most arthropods, as an example, we first highlight the complementarities between social and classical genetic inheritance. We then discuss the relevance of studying social learning and transmission in non-social arthropods and document known cases in the literature, including examples of social learning from con- and hetero-specifics. We further highlight under which conditions social learning can be adaptive or not. We conclude that non-social arthropods and the study of oviposition behavior offer unparalleled opportunities to unravel the importance of social learning and inheritance for animal evolution. View Full-Text
Keywords: behavioral plasticity; communication; culture; Drosophila; fitness; herbivores; oviposition site selection; natural selection behavioral plasticity; communication; culture; Drosophila; fitness; herbivores; oviposition site selection; natural selection
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Nieberding, C.M.; Marcantonio, M.; Voda, R.; Enriquez, T.; Visser, B. The Evolutionary Relevance of Social Learning and Transmission in Non-Social Arthropods with a Focus on Oviposition-Related Behaviors. Genes 2021, 12, 1466. https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12101466

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Nieberding CM, Marcantonio M, Voda R, Enriquez T, Visser B. The Evolutionary Relevance of Social Learning and Transmission in Non-Social Arthropods with a Focus on Oviposition-Related Behaviors. Genes. 2021; 12(10):1466. https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12101466

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Nieberding, Caroline M., Matteo Marcantonio, Raluca Voda, Thomas Enriquez, and Bertanne Visser. 2021. "The Evolutionary Relevance of Social Learning and Transmission in Non-Social Arthropods with a Focus on Oviposition-Related Behaviors" Genes 12, no. 10: 1466. https://doi.org/10.3390/genes12101466

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