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Mate choice and male competition in Orchesella cincta (Collembola)

  • K. Hedlund
  • H. Ek
  • Torsten Gunnarsson
  • C. Svegborn
Publishing year: 1990-05-01
Language: English
Pages: 524-526
Publication/Series: Experientia
Volume: 46
Issue: 5
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Birkhaüser

Abstract english

Both male and female Orchesella cincta (Collembola) were able to discriminate between spermatophores of different origin. Females chose spermatophores deposited by closely related males while males preferentially destroyed spermatophores of other males.


  • Ecology
  • Collembola
  • kin recognition
  • Mate choice
  • mating
  • sperm competition


  • ISSN: 0014-4754