Males control the duration of copulation in the tropical millipede Alloporus uncinatus (Diplopoda: Julida)

  • S.R. Telford
  • J.M. Dangerfield

Abstract

Prolonged copulation in Alloporus uncinatus is a form of mate guarding against sperm competition. Here we show, using a simple experiment, that males control the duration of copulation, an often overlooked assumption regarding the adaptive significance of prolonged copulation. The sex-specific evolutionary benefits of prolonged copulation are discussed in relation to the role played by sperm competition in the evolution of the mating system of A. uncinatus.
Published
2017-04-05
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 2224-073X
print ISSN: 1562-7020