Sexual Competition in Scatophaga Stercoraria: Size- and Density-Related Changes in Male Ability To Capture Females

@article{Borgia1980SexualCI,
  title={Sexual Competition in Scatophaga Stercoraria: Size- and Density-Related Changes in Male Ability To Capture Females},
  author={Gerald Borgia},
  journal={Behaviour},
  year={1980},
  volume={75},
  pages={185-206}
}
The behavior of males near the oviposition site of Scatophaga stercoraria is highly variable, being dependent on male size and on male density conditions. At low density males are often territorial with dominance relationships, the largest male often initiating high intensity attacks. At high densities attacks are much less intense, with more symmetrical interactions among males. Large males are most active under all density conditions. Absence of small males from high density pats, even though… 

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