Sexual Difference Theory: Mormon Crickets Show Role Reversal in Mate Choice

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Science  14 Aug 1981:
Vol. 213, Issue 4509, pp. 779-780
DOI: 10.1126/science.213.4509.779


Male Mormon crickets produce a large spermatophore that the female eats. Spermatophore proteins are important to female reproduction, and females compete for access to singing males. Males reject most receptive females as mates, and those accepted are more fecund than rejected individuals. This role reversal in courtship is in contrast to the behavior of the sexes in katydid species in which the males produce small spermatophores.

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