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Mate-guarding duration is mainly influenced by the risk of sperm competition and not by female quality in a golden orb-weaver spider

Del Matto, Lygia A; Macedo-Rego, Renato; Santos, Eduardo S. A.


Males are expected to mate with as many females as possible, but can maximize their reproductive success through strategic mating decisions. For instance, males can increase their own fitness by mating with high quality females that produce more offspring. Additionally, males can adjust mating effort based on the relative distribution of females and male competitors. To test factors that influence male mate choice, we assessed male mating decisions in the golden silk orb-weaver spider,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2021
Type: Journal article
Source: PeerJ
DOI: 10.7717/peerj.12310
Access Rights: Open Access


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