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Do Mediterranean Fruit Flies Lek? Does It Matter?

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Title:Do Mediterranean Fruit Flies Lek? Does It Matter?
Authors:Shelly, Todd E.
Keywords:aggregation behavior
Ceratitis capitata
fruit flies
show 1 moremating behavior
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Date Issued:May 2000
Publisher:Hawaiian Entomological Society
Citation:Shelly TE. 2000. Do Mediterranean fruit flies lek? Does it matter? Proc Hawaiian Entomol Soc 34:95-99.
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.
Pages/Duration:6 pages
Appears in Collections: Volume 34 - May 2000 : Hawaiian Entomological Society

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