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Mating behavior of female rock shrimp Rhynchocinetes typus (Decapoda: Caridea) - Indication for convenience polyandry and cryptic female choice


Thiel, M and Hinojosa Toledo, IA, Mating behavior of female rock shrimp Rhynchocinetes typus (Decapoda: Caridea) - Indication for convenience polyandry and cryptic female choice, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 55, (2) pp. 113-121. ISSN 0340-5443 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00265-003-0677-1


have demonstrated the importance of female behavior during matings, in crustacean studies, a strong bias towards male mating behavior prevails. Reproductively mature rock shrimp (Rhynchocinetes typus) exist as several ontogenetic stages that differ in their morphological and physiological capacities. In natural populations, the majority of males are in early ontogenetic stages (termed typus), many are in intermediate stages (intermedius), and few are in the terminal molt stage (robustus). Dominant robustus males, which have already demonstrated their biological fitness by surviving to this stage, have previously been shown to have a higher potential than subordinate typus males to defend receptive females against other males, and fertilize the entire clutch of a female. While females should thus show a preference for robustus males, they nevertheless frequently receive sperm from typus males. These observations suggested that females might have mechanisms to discriminate against sperm from subordinate males. In laboratory experiments, we observed that females avoided being seized by typus males for longer time periods in the absence of robustus males than in their presence. Following seizure, females that were initially held by typus males, required more time to initiate spawning than those held by robustus males. Many typus males transferred spermatophores to females before these started to spawn while robustus males waited until females began to spawn before they transferred spermatophores. Females manipulated spermatophores received from typus males for long time periods (minutes), but not those they received from robustus males. By accepting sperm from subordinate typus males, females may avoid further harassment (convenience polyandry), but they subsequently may discriminate against these subordinate males by delaying spawning and removing their sperm. These observations suggest that female behavior influences the outcome of matings, favoring fertilization of eggs by sperm from dominant males. Convenience polyandry and cryptic female choice may be common in other crustaceans as well.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Shrimp · Multiple mating · Female choice ·Sperm removal · Male harassment
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Behavioural ecology
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - aquaculture
Objective Field:Aquaculture crustaceans (excl. rock lobster and prawns)
UTAS Author:Hinojosa Toledo, IA (Mr Ivan Hinojosa)
ID Code:89259
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:44
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2014-02-27
Last Modified:2014-06-06

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