Communication during copulation in the sex-role reversed wolf spiderAllocosa brasiliensis: Female shakes for soliciting new ejaculations?

Authors
Garcia Diaz, Virginia; Aisenberg, Anita; Peretti, Alfredo Vicente
Publication Year
2015
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
Traditional studies on sexual communication have focused on the exchange of signals during courtship.However, communication between the sexes can also occur during or after copulation. Allocosa brasilien-sis is a wolf spider that shows a reversal in typical sex roles and of the usual sexual size dimorphismexpected for spiders. Females are smaller than males and they are the roving sex that initiates courtship.Occasional previous observations suggested that females performed body shaking behaviors during cop-ulation. Our objective was to analyze if female body shaking is associated with male copulatory behaviorin A. brasiliensis, and determine if this female behavior has a communicatory function in this species. Forthat purpose, we performed fine-scaled analysis of fifteen copulations under laboratory conditions. Wevideo-recorded all the trials and looked for associations between female and male copulatory behaviors.The significant difference between the time before and after female shaking, in favor of the subsequentejaculation is analyzed. We discuss if shaking could be acting as a signal to accelerate and motivate palpalinsertion and ejaculation, and/or inhibiting male cannibalistic tendencies in this species.
Fil: Garcia Diaz, Virginia. Universidad Nacional de Cordoba. Facultad de Cs.exactas Fisicas y Naturales. Catedra de Diversidad Animal I; Argentina
Fil: Aisenberg, Anita. Instituto de Invest. Biologicas "clemente Estable"; Uruguay
Fil: Peretti, Alfredo Vicente. Universidad Nacional de Cordoba. Facultad de Cs.exactas Fisicas y Naturales. Catedra de Diversidad Animal I; Argentina. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas. Centro Cientifico Tecnologico Cordoba. Instituto de Diversidad y Ecologia Animal; Argentina
Subject
Sexual selection
Communication
Signal
Sex roles
Zoología, Ornitología, Entomología, Etología
Ciencias Biológicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Access level
Restricted access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/7997