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Why do male Callosobruchus maculatus harm their mates?

Edvardsson, Evert; Tregenza, Tom

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Males of the bruchid beetle Callosobruchus maculatus have spines on their intromittent organs that puncture the female reproductive tract during mating. Females kick their mates during copulation. If females are prevented from kicking the males, copulations last longer and the injuries females sustain are more severe. We tested whether or not these injuries represent real fitness costs that can be mitigated by kicking and also what males gain by inflicting them. Our results show that females do...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/38697
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/ari055

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