Courtship in Spiders without Prior Sperm Induction

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Science  22 Apr 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3721, pp. 543-544
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3721.543


Experiments with a lycosid spider demonstrated that courtship behavior is displayed by males independently of whether sperm induction had occurred following the final molt. Contrary to earlier suggestions, proprioceptive feedback from sperm-filled palps is not essential for the onset of reproductive display.