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Relevance of Male Size to Female Mate Choice in Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae): Investigations with Wild and Laboratory-Reared Flies

Authors
  • de Aquino, Jamile Câmara1
  • Joachim-Bravo, Iara Sordi1
  • 1 Universidade Federal da Bahia, Instituto de Biologia, Departamento de Biologia Geral, Salvador, BA, Brazil , Salvador (Brazil)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Insect Behavior
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Aug 28, 2013
Volume
27
Issue
2
Pages
162–176
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10905-013-9410-8
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

We examined the influence of male size on the mating success of both wild and laboratory populations of the Mediterranean fruit fly (medfly) Ceratitis capitata. Laboratory females selected larger males even when smaller males were present in large proportions (5:1), although this phenomenon did not occur when the proportion was extended to 10:1. Wild females were observed to prefer wild males over laboratory-reared ones independent of their respective sizes, and wild males of different sizes were found to transfer similar quantities of sperm to the spermathecae of the females.

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