The effect of male size and operational sex ratio on male mating success in the common spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch (Acari: Tetranychidae)

@article{Enders1993TheEO,
  title={The effect of male size and operational sex ratio on male mating success in the common spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch (Acari: Tetranychidae)},
  author={M. M. Enders},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1993},
  volume={46},
  pages={835-846}
}
  • M. M. Enders
  • Published 1993
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Abstract Abstract. The effect of male size and operational sex ratio (number of adult males/number of adult males + number of females available for mating) on male mating success in the spider mite was studied both in the field and in the laboratory. Larger males defended females less intensely and for shorter periods, but had a higher probability of mating with a previously guarded female than smaller males. With increasing operational sex ratio agonistic interactions between males occurred… CONTINUE READING
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