Sperm competition and the significance of female multiple mating in the predatory mite Parasitus fimetorum

Females of the predatory mite Parasitus fimetorum (Gamasida; Parasitina) inhabiting animal manure indiscriminately copulate with many mates. The sperm competition between the males was estimated by electrophoresis of allozymes and the effects of multiple mating on female reproduction were investigated. When females were forced to mate only once, their… CONTINUE READING