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Title: The effects of male-male contests and female eavesdropping on female mate choice and male mating success in the jumping spider, Thiania bhamoensis (Araneae: Salticidae)
Authors: Chan, J.P.Y.
Lau, P.R.
Tham, A.J.
Li, D. 
Keywords: Eavesdrop
Jumping spider
Male contest
Mate preference
Mating success
Issue Date: Mar-2008
Citation: Chan, J.P.Y., Lau, P.R., Tham, A.J., Li, D. (2008-03). The effects of male-male contests and female eavesdropping on female mate choice and male mating success in the jumping spider, Thiania bhamoensis (Araneae: Salticidae). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62 (5) : 639-646. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-007-0488-x
Abstract: In experiments that comprised of three phases (fight, choice, and mating) under "seen" and "unseen" conditions, we examined the effects of the outcomes of male-male contests and female eavesdropping on female mate choice and male mating success in the fighting spider, Thiania bhamoensis (Salticidae). The results revealed female eavesdropping on agonistic interactions. Females that had watched an aggressive interaction showed no distinctive preference for the winner over the loser, but they preferred the loser when they had not observed a fight. Winners, however, achieved a greater mating success than did losers during the mating phase. Gaining access to females was based on the insistence of the winners in courtship in terms of the number of quivers, rather than on the fighting behavior of the males. Hence, the outcome of male-male contests may not be an important determinant of a male's mating success in T. bhamoensis. Instead, courtship display plays an important role in determining the success of male mating in this species. This study also suggests that female mate preference may not be a good indicator of eventual female mate choice and male mating success. Thus, a causal relationship between female mate preference and male mating success cannot be inferred. © 2007 Springer-Verlag.
Source Title: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/101902
ISSN: 03405443
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-007-0488-x
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