publication . Article . 2009

Male mate choice and female response in relation to mating status and time since mating

Douglass H. Morse;
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  • Published: 21 Dec 2009 Journal: Behavioral Ecology, volume 21, issue 2, pages 250-256
Models of sperm allocation predict that male mating behavior will vary with a female's reproductive condition and with information about her present and likely future status available to a male. Tests across a wide taxonomic range have shown that males allocate more sperm to previously mated females than to virgins but that in a minority of instances this allocation pattern is reversed. To investigate the basis for this discrepancy I ran sequential pairings of the crab spider Misumena vatia (Thomisidae), a species with several characteristics likely to provide insight into these conflicting results. Using duration of copulation and numbers of copulatory pedipalp...
Medical Subject Headings: reproductive and urinary physiology
free text keywords: Animal Science and Zoology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Antagonistic Coevolution, Ecology, Mate choice, Mating preferences, Biology, Sperm precedence, Misumena vatia, biology.organism_classification, Population, education.field_of_study, education, Sperm, Insemination
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