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Rasmussen, J.L., Seely, M.K. and Pietruszka, R.D. 1991. The reproductive behavior of six species of Namib desert tenebrionid beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). Journal of Insect Behavior, 4(5): 567-582


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The reproductive behavior of six species of Namib desert tenebrionid beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae).

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The reproductive behavior of six species of tenebrionid beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) was studied in the Namib Desert of southern Africa. In three species, males follow closely behind females (following behavior), while in the other three species, males mount females and remain clasped to them for extended periods (riding behavior). Following behavior occurs before and sometimes after copulation, while riding behavior occurs primarily after copulation. Males of all six species guard females from contesting males, although the effectiveness of guarding is greater in riding species. The evolution of the two male mating strategies does not appear to be related to operational sex ratio differences but, rather, to differential tendencies of females to remate. Variation in total pair duration within following and riding species may be attributed partly to species differences in operational sex ratio. However, pair durations are not affected by experimental manipulations of sex ratio in each species. Keywords: mate guarding, mating behavior, pair Duration, sex Ratio, Tenebrionidae, Physadesmia, rnOnymacris .

Year: 1991

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01048071


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