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Record number 338978
Title Paternity analysis in a Hexapod (Orchesella cincta; Collembola) with indirect sperm transfer
Author(s) Gols, R.; Ernsting, G.; Straalen, N.M. van
Source Journal of Insect Behavior 17 (2004)3. - ISSN 0892-7553 - p. 317 - 328.
Department(s) Laboratory of Entomology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2004
Keyword(s) springtails - arthropods - behavior
Abstract In species where males and females interact during mating, the role of females in sexual selection cannot always be demonstrated unambiguously. Here we present a model system to study female choice for mates. Orchesella cinca is a soil-dwelling hexapod with indirect sperm transfer. Females and males do not interact physically for reproduction. We gave females the choice between spermatophores produced by two different males. Paternity analysis based on microsatellite variation revealed that offspring in one clutch were sired by one male only. Direct observations showed that after a female has taken up a spermatophore, the female's receptivity to further spermatophore uptake seem to end. Our results imply that the female is in full control of paternity.
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