Do Mediterranean Fruit Flies Lek? Does It Matter?

Date
2000-05
Authors
Shelly, Todd E.
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Hawaiian Entomological Society
Abstract
Saul and McCombs (1995) recently argued that existing data do not support the accepted notion that the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), exhibits lek behavior. In particular, these authors claimed that 1) the mating system of C. capitata is resource-based and 2) C. capitata males are not spatially aggregated. Here, I review field observations that are consistent with lek behavior in this species and hence contrary to these claims. Also, contrary to the view of Saul and McCombs (1995), knowing that the Mediterranean fruit fly leks stimulates many questions of interest from both basic and applied viewpoints.
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aggregation behavior, Ceratitis capitata, fruit flies, leks, males, mating behavior
Citation
Shelly TE. 2000. Do Mediterranean fruit flies lek? Does it matter? Proc Hawaiian Entomol Soc 34:95-99.
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