|Appears in Collections:||Biological and Environmental Sciences Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||Extreme Promiscuity in a Mating System Dominated by Sexual Conflict|
|Author(s):||Blyth, Jennifer E|
|Citation:||Blyth JE & Gilburn A (2006) Extreme Promiscuity in a Mating System Dominated by Sexual Conflict, Journal of Insect Behavior, 19 (4), pp. 447-455.|
|Abstract:||Coelopids live in wrack beds consisting of seaweed washed up on beaches. 5 Their mating system is characterized by sexual conflict and convenience 6 polyandry, with females resisting male mating attempts. We estimated the 7 level of harassment by males and the success rate of rejection by females 8 collected from a high density wild population. Males mounted a female every 9 8.41 min. Of these mounts 35% resulted in copulation. This suggests that 10 females could be mated up to 5 times every 2 h. Females typically live for 11 3 weeks, and thus, could mate with hundreds of males during their lifetime. 12 We found a 50:50 sex ratio throughout the wrack bed revealing that females 13 do not avoidmale harassment by leaving the wrack bed when not ovipositing.|
|Rights:||Published in Journal of Insect Behavior by Springer Verlag. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com.|
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