Individual recognition of mates and non-mates by male Calopteryx splendens xanthostoma (Charpentier) (Zygoptera: Calopterygidae)
Odonatologica , Volume 24 - Issue 3 p. 347- 352
The results of experiments are presented which suggest that males can discriminate between mates and non-mates. In trials with tethered females, males experienced an approximately 15 min ‘refractory period’ between mating once and remating. When given a choice between a recent mate, and a (recently mated) non-mate ovipositing on their territories, males were significantly more likely to mate a non-mate than a previous mate. The possible mechanisms for discrimination are considered.
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R.E. Hooper. (1995). Individual recognition of mates and non-mates by male Calopteryx splendens xanthostoma (Charpentier) (Zygoptera: Calopterygidae). Odonatologica, 24(3), 347–352.
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