Pre-copulatory fighting in a water strider: inter-sexual conflict or mate assessment?

@article{Arnqvist1992PrecopulatoryFI,
  title={Pre-copulatory fighting in a water strider: inter-sexual conflict or mate assessment?},
  author={G. Arnqvist},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1992},
  volume={43},
  pages={559-567}
}
Abstract In the water strider, Gerris odontogaster, the sexes engage in a pre-copulatory struggle. Females are reluctant to mate and try to dislodge males attempting copulation by repeatedly performing backward somersaults. This paper addresses the ultimate significance of the pre-copulatory struggle. (1) Females may be reluctant in order to avoid costly and superfluous copulations (inter-sexual conflict), or (2) females may be assessing the males' quality as mates (mate assessment). In a… Expand
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