Immune Challenge and Pre- and Post-copulatory Female Choice in the Cricket Teleogryllus commodus
Life history theory predicts a trade off between the expression of male sexual traits and the immune system. To test for this trade off, male crickets Teleogryllus commodus were injected with bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS) to induce an immune response and their subsequent pre- and post-copulatory sexual attractiveness to virgin and non-virgin females was assessed. Pre-copulatory attractiveness was quantified based on the time taken for males to court and mate with a female. Post-copulatory...[Show more]
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