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The effects of copulation duration in the bruchid beetle Callosobruchus maculatus

Edvardsson, Evert; Canal, David

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Control over copulation duration is a potentially important generator of sexual conflict that has received little empirical attention. The copulatory behavior of the bruchid beetle Callosobruchus maculatus may reflect a sexual conflict over copulation duration. Males have spines on their intromittent organs that puncture the female reproductive tract, and females kick their mates during copulation. If females are prevented from kicking, copulations last longer and the injuries females sustain...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/32033
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arj045

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