Copulatory Courtship in Drosophila birchii and D. serrata, Species Recognition and Sexual Selection

@article{Hoikkala2004CopulatoryCI,
  title={Copulatory Courtship in Drosophila birchii and D. serrata, Species Recognition and Sexual Selection},
  author={Anneli Hoikkala and Stella A. Crossley and Claudia Castillo-Melendez},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2004},
  volume={13},
  pages={361-373}
}
Two endemic Australian Drosophila species, D. birchii and D. serrata, have a copulatory courtship, i.e., the males court the female mainly during copulation. In the present study we found the males of both species to mount their prospective mating partners selectively, exhibiting both sex and species recognition. The males began to sing after mounting the female, and they often exhibited also postcopulatory displays typical to copulatory courtship. D. birchii and D. serrata females… 
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