Aggressive male mating behavior depends on female maturity in Octopus bimaculoides

@article{Mohanty2014AggressiveMM,
  title={Aggressive male mating behavior depends on female maturity in Octopus bimaculoides},
  author={Sobhi Mohanty and Alfredo F. Ojanguren and Lee A. Fuiman},
  journal={Marine Biology},
  year={2014},
  volume={161},
  pages={1521-1530}
}
This laboratory study examined the combined effects of male and female behaviors on the outcome of mating encounters in Octopus bimaculoides. We found that male–male competition for mating opportunities depends on female maturity; the presence of immature females elicited significantly higher levels of aggression between competing males. We conclude that males are able to assess the reproductive status of females. The study also found that immature and mature females resisted male mating… Expand
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