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dc.contributor.authorBlyth, Jennifer Een_UK
dc.contributor.authorGilburn, Andreen_UK
dc.description.abstractThe mating system of sciomyzoid flies is typified by vigorous premating struggles and a large male mating advantage. Females commonly exhibit three behaviours (shaking, kicking and curling) during struggles. We tested the predictions of three hypotheses proposed to explain the evolution of female resistance in Coelopa frigida. Both shaking and curling were associated with reduced female mating rate and thus appear to be resistance traits. Mounts that ended while the female was curling appeared to be terminated by the male dismounting from the female rather than as a result of resistance. The communication hypothesis proposes that female resistance functions by signalling to the male that the female is unwilling to mate to encourage males to dismount them. Curling therefore seems to fit the predictions of the communication hypothesis. Shaking was associated with sexual selection for large male size and also males that could withstand resistance the longest. These observations fit with the predictions of both the female reluctance and screening hypotheses. Furthermore, shaking was associated with a pattern of mating that increased offspring fitness. This did not occur in females that did not shake. This corresponds with the predictions of the screening hypothesis that resistance generates indirect sexual selection. However, our results are also largely consistent with the female reluctance hypothesis. It appears that different resistance behaviours may have different functions, and furthermore that individual resistance behaviours might generate different mating rates and patterns of sexual selection between female karyotypes.en_UK
dc.publisherElsevier Massonen_UK
dc.relationBlyth JE & Gilburn A (2011) The function of female behaviours adopted during premating struggles in the seaweed fly, Coelopa frigida. Animal Behaviour, 81 (1), pp. 77-82.
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dc.subjectCoelopa frigidaen_UK
dc.subjectmate choiceen_UK
dc.subjectsexual selectionen_UK
dc.subjectfemale resistanceen_UK
dc.subjectsexual conflicten_UK
dc.subjectseaweed flyen_UK
dc.subjectSeaweed flyen_UK
dc.subjectCourtship of animalsen_UK
dc.subjectSexual selection in animalsen_UK
dc.subjectCompetition (Biology)en_UK
dc.titleThe function of female behaviours adopted during premating struggles in the seaweed fly, Coelopa frigidaen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleAnimal Behaviouren_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationAbo Akademi Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorBlyth, Jennifer E|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorGilburn, Andre|0000-0002-3836-768Xen_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filenameBlyth Gilburn 2011.pdfen_UK
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