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Effect of a refuge from persistent male courtship in the Drosophila laboratory environment

Byrne, Phillip G; Rice, Gavin R.; Rice, William


The Drosophila melanogaster laboratory model has been used extensively in studies of sexual conflict because during the process of courtship and mating, males impose several costs upon females (e.g., reduced fecundity). One important difference between the laboratory and the wild is that females in the laboratory lack a spatial refuge from persistent male courtship. Here, we describe two experiments that examine the potential consequences of a spatial refuge for females. In the first...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Integrative and Comparative Biology
DOI: 10.1093/icb/icn001


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