Mate-guarding strategies and male competitive ability in an orb-weaving spider: results from a field study

@article{BelVenner2006MateguardingSA,
  title={Mate-guarding strategies and male competitive ability in an orb-weaving spider: results from a field study},
  author={Marie-Claude Bel-Venner and Samuel Venner},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2006},
  volume={71},
  pages={1315-1322}
}
Competition between males to reproduce has led to various forms of resource-guarding behaviour. A recent theoretical investigation suggested that guarding strategies should be closely linked to the risk of take-over and the competitive ability of males, but experimental evidence is still scarce. We investigated precopulatory mate guarding of premoult females in a solitary orb-weaving spider Zygiella x - notata (Araneae: Araneidae). We tested the hypotheses that larger males should (1) be more… Expand
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