Territorial behaviour of a larval dragonfly Xanthocnemis zealandica (McLachlan) (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae)
Odonatologica , Volume 9 - Issue 4 p. 285- 292
Territorial behaviour is shown to exist in the weed-dwelling larvae of X. zealandica. Caudal swinging, usually interpreted as a ventilation movement, was found to be an intraspecific threat display. In the laboratory, a uniform spatial distribution of larvae was obtained. This result has implications for resource partitioning by predators in the littoral zone.
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