The smell of virgins: mating status of females affects male swimming behaviour in Oithona davisae

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2012

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The smell of virgins: mating status of females affects male swimming behaviour in Oithona davisae. / Heuschele, Jan; Kiørboe, Thomas.

In: Journal of Plankton Research, Vol. 34, No. 11, 2012, p. 929-935.

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2012

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Heuschele, Jan; Kiørboe, Thomas / The smell of virgins: mating status of females affects male swimming behaviour in Oithona davisae.

In: Journal of Plankton Research, Vol. 34, No. 11, 2012, p. 929-935.

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2012

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title = "The smell of virgins: mating status of females affects male swimming behaviour in Oithona davisae",
publisher = "Oxford University Press",
author = "Jan Heuschele and Thomas Kiørboe",
year = "2012",
doi = "10.1093/plankt/fbs054",
volume = "34",
number = "11",
pages = "929--935",
journal = "Journal of Plankton Research",
issn = "0142-7873",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - The smell of virgins: mating status of females affects male swimming behaviour in Oithona davisae

A1 - Heuschele,Jan

A1 - Kiørboe,Thomas

AU - Heuschele,Jan

AU - Kiørboe,Thomas

PB - Oxford University Press

PY - 2012

Y1 - 2012

N2 - Many copepod species rely on pheromone cues to find partners. Some parasitic <br/>and benthic copepod males are able to distinguish between females of different reproductive <br/>states. Here, we demonstrate that the swimming activity and velocity of males of a pelagic copepod, Oithona davisae, increases in the presence of virgin when compared with mated females and that the cue is waterborne. The ability to distinguish between virgin and mated females may reduce male mortality during mate search and the cost related to mating behaviour (precopula) in both sexes. We estimate that at realistic population densities the ability of males to distinguish between virgin and mated females saves them several hours per day of dangerous and energetically expensive fast female tracking

AB - Many copepod species rely on pheromone cues to find partners. Some parasitic <br/>and benthic copepod males are able to distinguish between females of different reproductive <br/>states. Here, we demonstrate that the swimming activity and velocity of males of a pelagic copepod, Oithona davisae, increases in the presence of virgin when compared with mated females and that the cue is waterborne. The ability to distinguish between virgin and mated females may reduce male mortality during mate search and the cost related to mating behaviour (precopula) in both sexes. We estimate that at realistic population densities the ability of males to distinguish between virgin and mated females saves them several hours per day of dangerous and energetically expensive fast female tracking

U2 - 10.1093/plankt/fbs054

DO - 10.1093/plankt/fbs054

JO - Journal of Plankton Research

JF - Journal of Plankton Research

SN - 0142-7873

IS - 11

VL - 34

SP - 929

EP - 935

ER -