Worthless donations: male deception and female counter play in a nuptial gift-giving spider

  title={Worthless donations: male deception and female counter play in a nuptial gift-giving spider},
  author={Maria J. Albo and Gudrun Winther and Cristina Tuni and S\oren Toft and Trine Bilde},
  booktitle={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
In nuptial gift-giving species, benefits of acquiring a mate may select for male deception by donation of worthless gifts. We investigated the effect of worthless gifts on mating success in the spider Pisaura mirabilis. Males usually offer an insect prey wrapped in silk; however, worthless gifts containing inedible items are reported. We tested male mating success in the following experimental groups: protein enriched fly gift (PG), regular fly gift (FG), worthless gift (WG), or no gift (NG… CONTINUE READING
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