Intersexual sibling interactions and male benevolence in a fig wasp

@article{Zammit2000IntersexualSI,
  title={Intersexual sibling interactions and male benevolence in a fig wasp},
  author={J. Zammit and M. P. Schwarz},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2000},
  volume={60},
  pages={695-701}
}
  • J. Zammit, M. P. Schwarz
  • Published 2000
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Animal Behaviour
  • We studied interactions between males and females of the Australian pollinating fig wasp, Pleistodontes imperialis (Chalcidoidea, Agaonidae), in Ficus platypoda (Moraceae). As for many other fig wasps, all mating occurs within the confines of a syconium before females depart. We show that initially there is scramble competition between males for access to virgin females. During this time males excavated a small hole into a female's gall to mate through. These holes were just large enough for… CONTINUE READING
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