publication . Article . 2004

The effect of age on encounters between male crab spiders

Helen H. Hu; Douglass H. Morse;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2004 Journal: Behavioral Ecology, volume 15, issue 5 September, pages 883-888
Abstract
In males that compete aggressively for females, size and age may determine which males obtain access to these females. In the present study, we use the crab spider, Misumena vatia, a species with males that do not grow after becoming sexually mature adults, to test the hypothesis that age affects the success of males competing for access to females. M. vatia is an excellent species to test this hypothesis because it is possible to disentangle age from size, characters that typically vary together in the species usually tested. We staged encounters between similar-sized older and younger adult male M. vatia in the presence of a female to determine the role of age...
Subjects
free text keywords: age; crab spider; male contest; Misumena; size
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