Mating behaviour and reproductive isolation of three species of reptile tick

  title={Mating behaviour and reproductive isolation of three species of reptile tick},
  author={Rh Andrews},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • R. Andrews
  • Published 1 May 1982
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
Abstract The mating behaviour of three species of reptile tick, Aponomma hydrosauri, Amblyomma albolimbatum and Amb. limbatum is similar and involves a female sex pheromone which activates males to detach from their hosts and search. After contacting females, a stereotyped six-phase courtship sequence occurs. There are qualitative differences between the species in courtship behaviour at phase 3 (reversal of position by dorsally mounted males) and phase 6 (the copulation position). On-host… Expand
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