Male gryllus bimaculatus guard females to delay them from mating with rival males and to obtain repeated copulations
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractThree hypotheses for the function of postcopulatory mate guarding were tested in the field cricket Gryllus bimaculatus De Geer. The duration of spermatophore attachment was greater in the absence than in the presence of a guarding male. The ejaculate protection hypothesis was, therefore, rejected. The duration of mate guarding was found to be equal to the interval between copulations, supporting the spermatophore renewal hypothesis. In support of the rival exclusion hypothesis, the presence of a guarding male did increase the duration of spermatophore attachment when a rival male was also present. The presence of a guarding male also delayed the female from mating with the rival male. Female mating status had a significant effect on the duration of spermatophore attachment. Females mating for the first time retained the spermatophore for a significantly longer period of time than females that had mated previously.
CitationWynn, H, & Vahed, K 2004, 'Male Gryllus bimaculatus guard females to delay them from mating with rival males and to obtain repeated copulations', Journal Of Insect Behavior, 1
JournalJournal of Insect Behavior
Series/Report no.Vol. 1