Mosquitoes: Female Monogamy Induced by Male Accessory Gland Substance

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Science  16 Jun 1967:
Vol. 156, Issue 3781, pp. 1499-1501
DOI: 10.1126/science.156.3781.1499


Male accessory glands were implanted in virgin females of Aedes aegypti. When exposed to males, females copulated readily but were not inseminated; they remained sterile for life. Extract from one male could sterilize more than 64 females. The active principle may be a protein or peptide. Intraspecific transplant prevented insemination in 12 species, including Aedes, Anopheles, and Culex; interspecific transplant gave partial protection.

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