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An effect of mate fertility on the attractiveness and oviposition rates of mated drosophila melanogaster females

An effect of mate fertility on the attractiveness and oviposition rates of mated drosophila melanogaster females

Animal Behaviour 33(3): 817-824

Mate fertility has a strong influence on the sexual receptivity of mated D. melanogaster females, but an effect of mate fertility on the attractiveness of mated females has not previously been demonstrated. The compared declines in attractiveness over the first 10 h after mating for females mated to fertile (XY) males and those mated to sterile (XO) males found a significant effect of mate fertility. A large and significant decrease in attractiveness, that is the same for both XY- and XO-mated females, is evident during the first 4 h after mating. However, a further decline in attractiveness occurs between 4 and 6 h after mating for XY-mated females, but not until between 6 and 10 h after mating for females with sterile mates. Thus, XY-mated females are significantly less attractive than XO-mated females at 6-8 h post-mating, but not at any other time. A sharp increase in oviposition rates for both types of mated females is associated with the decline in attractiveness that occurs between 4 and 10 h after mating.

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DOI: 10.1016/s0003-3472(85)80015-4

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