Courtship in the water mite Neumania papillator: males capitalize on female adaptations for predation

@article{Proctor1991CourtshipIT,
  title={Courtship in the water mite Neumania papillator: males capitalize on female adaptations for predation},
  author={Heather Proctor},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1991},
  volume={42},
  pages={589-598}
}
  • H. Proctor
  • Published 1 October 1991
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
Abstract Courting male Neumania papillator vibrate their first and second pairs of legs when near a female. Females often respond to this vibration as they do to moving prey, by orienting to and clutching at trembling males; it is only after males have deposited spermatophores that females appear to recognize them as potential mates rather than prey. The hypothesis that male trembling elicits predatory responses from females was supported in several ways: (1) male leg-trembling frequencies fell… Expand
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