Chirp rate is independent of male condition in a synchronising bushcricket.

@article{Hartbauer2006ChirpRI,
  title={Chirp rate is independent of male condition in a synchronising bushcricket.},
  author={Manfred Hartbauer and Silvia Kratzer and Heiner R{\"o}mer},
  journal={Journal of insect physiology},
  year={2006},
  volume={52 3},
  pages={221-30}
}
Males of the bushcricket Mecopoda elongata synchronise their chirps with neighbouring males, but because synchrony is imperfect, one male's chirp preceeds the other by some 50-200 ms. Since a male's intrinsic chirp rate is critical for the establishment of the leader role in a duet, and females prefer the leader in a choice situation, we investigated a possible condition dependence of this male trait. In a duet leader males are usually those calling at a higher intrinsic rate; therefore, we… CONTINUE READING

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