MATE CHOICE AND SEXUAL CONFLICT IN THE SIZE DIMORPHIC WATER SPIDER ARGYRONETA AQUATICA (ARANEAE, ARGYRONETIDAE)

@inproceedings{Schtz2005MATECA,
  title={MATE CHOICE AND SEXUAL CONFLICT IN THE SIZE DIMORPHIC WATER SPIDER ARGYRONETA AQUATICA (ARANEAE, ARGYRONETIDAE)},
  author={Dolores Sch{\"u}tz and Michael Taborsky},
  year={2005}
}
Abstract Argyroneta aquatica is the only spider that spends its entire life under water, and is one of the few spiders in which males are larger than females. In this paper we investigated size dependent mate choice to clarify whether intersexual selection may be partly responsible for the reversed sexual size dimorphism (SSD) in A. aquatica. We found that females that only copulated once could produce up to six viable egg sacs, although the number of offspring decreased with each egg sac… Expand
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