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Sexual Selection and Lek Behavior in the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae)

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Title: Sexual Selection and Lek Behavior in the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae)
Authors: Arita, Lorna H.
Kaneshiro, Kenneth Y.
Issue Date: Apr 1989
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Abstract: Field and laboratory studies were conducted to describe the
complex lek mating system of the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata
(Wiedemann). Results of these studies indicate that there are two phases in the
mating system: (1) lek behavior and (2) courtship. In the initial lek behavior
phase, males acquire and defend territories that are used as courting sites for
receptive females. An aggregation of these territories that form a communal
display area is known as a "lek" and once a female enters the lek and arrives
at the territory of a male, a series of courtship actions are reciprocated between
the pair that may result in copulation. Descriptions of other environmental
parameters that appear to be important features of the lek system are also
presented.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/1210
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 43, Number 2, 1989



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