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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: No size or density effect on alternative mate-locating tactics in the tropical damselfly Hetaerina rosea males (Odonata: Calopterygidae)
Author: Peixoto, PEC
De Marco, P
Abstract: Males of the damselfly Hetaerina rosea may defend mating sites along river margins (resident males) or, alternatively, wander among different areas presumably label searching lot-mates (nonterritorial males). Although the occurrence of territorial and nonterritorial males of H. rosea is very common in Brazil, studies examining which factors may be responsible for the adoption of alternative mate-locating tactics in this species are inexistent. We investigated the relationship between the adoption of these alternative mate-locating tactics by males of H. rosea and two possible Causes: body weight an male abundance. We carried the study ill three areas: sites 1. 2 and 3. Samples were Monthly undertaken in sites 1 and 2 between September/2001 and August/2002 and in site 3 between May/1999 and January 2001. Using the scan method with fixed areas and mark-resighting techniques. we did not find any relationship between the proportion of nonterritorial males and male abundance per month on sites 2 (n=6) and 3 (n=7), indicating that the adoption of alternative mate-locating, tactics is not affected by competition for territories. In the same way, nonterritorial and resident males showed similar body and thoracic weight measures (n=30 and n=27 for sites 2 and 3 respectively). Maybe the nonterritorial tactic is adopted by individuals searching for better territories or males that were evicted from their defended sites. The absence of relationship between weight and male territorial status is in accordance with other Hetaerina species. However, other traits not investigated here such as parasitic load, fat content and age may influence the adoption of difficult mate-acquisition tactics in H. rosea males. Rev. Biol. Trop. 57 (1-2): 361-370. Epub 2009 June 30.
Subject: alternative mate-locating tactics
mating systems
resource holding potential
Hetaerina rosea
Country: Costa Rica
Editor: Revista De Biologia Tropical
Rights: aberto
Date Issue: 2009
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