Function of the mating plug in Drosophila hibisci Bock

@article{Polak2001FunctionOT,
  title={Function of the mating plug in Drosophila hibisci Bock},
  author={M. Polak and L. L. Wolf and W. Starmer and J. Barker},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={49},
  pages={196-205}
}
Abstract The mating plug in Drosophila hibisci Bock is a firm, gelatinous structure that forms within the female’s uterus during copulation. Two non-mutually exclusive hypotheses for the function of the plug were evaluated. The plug may serve as a nutritional gift that females digest, using the constituents for somatic maintenance or to provision eggs as they mature within the ovaries. Alternatively, the plug may act as a chastity enforcement device by preventing subsequent copulations, and… Expand
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