Changes in male mate choice in a sexually cannibalistic orb-web spider (Araneae: Araneidae)

Show simple item record Gaskett, Anne en Herberstein, Marie en Downes, Barbara en Elgar, Mark en 2014-12-18T03:50:57Z en 2004-10-01 en
dc.identifier.citation Behaviour, 2004, 141 (10), pp. 1197 - 1210 (14) en
dc.identifier.issn 0005-7959 en
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dc.description.abstract In theory, male mate choice should occur when the costs of copulation, in terms of future mating opportunities, are high. The criteria males use to choose mates may change depending upon male mating history and the potential for future matings. We examine male mate choice in the St. Andrew's Cross Spider (Argiope keyserlingi Araneae: Araneidae). Laboratory experiments revealed that death and injury caused by female sexual cannibalism limits males to a maximum of two copulations. We assessed the mate choices of virgin and mated males for females of different reproductive status. We used field and laboratory choice bioassays involving airborne and web-based pheromones. In field experiments, wild males were strongly attracted to webs built by laboratory-raised virgin females. Webs from mated females did not attract males. Male mate choice was affected by male reproductive status: while virgin males strongly preferred penultimate and virgin females to mated females, mated males were apparently indifferent to females of different mating status. Such post-copulatory changes in male mate choice have not been previously documented, and may reflect a decreased potential for future mating. en
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dc.relation.ispartofseries Behaviour en
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dc.title Changes in male mate choice in a sexually cannibalistic orb-web spider (Araneae: Araneidae) en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1163/1568539042729676 en
pubs.issue 10 en
pubs.begin-page 1197 en
pubs.volume 141 en
pubs.end-page 1210 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 164633 en Science en Biological Sciences en
dc.identifier.eissn 1568-539X en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2014-12-18 en

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