Vibratory courtship in a web-building spider : signalling quality or stimulating the female ?

@inproceedings{Maklakov2003VibratoryCI,
  title={Vibratory courtship in a web-building spider : signalling quality or stimulating the female ?},
  author={Alexei A Maklakov and Trine Bilde and Yael D. Lubin},
  year={2003}
}
Courtship behaviour in spiders in the form of premating vibrations by males may function (1) as a male identity signal used for species recognition, (2) in suppression of female aggressiveness, (3) to stimulate female mating behaviour, or (4) as a quality signal used in female choice. We investigated the function of web vibration by male Stegodyphus lineatus in a series of experiments. Regardless of vibratory performance, all males mated successfully with virgin females but only 56.4% of males… CONTINUE READING
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