INSTITUTO DE DIVERSIDAD Y ECOLOGIA ANIMAL
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Communication during copulation in the sex-role reversed wolf spiderAllocosa brasiliensis: Female shakes for soliciting new ejaculations?
GARCIA DIAZ, V.; AISENBERG, A.; PERETTI, A. V.
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2015 vol. 116 p. 62 - 62
Traditional studies on sexual communication have focused on the exchange of signals during courtship.However, communication between the sexes can also occur during or after copulation. Allocosa brasilien-sis is a wolf spider that shows a reversal in typical sex roles and of the usual sexual size dimorphismexpected for spiders. Females are smaller than males and they are the roving sex that initiates courtship.Occasional previous observations suggested that females performed body shaking behaviors during cop-ulation. Our objective was to analyze if female body shaking is associated with male copulatory behaviorin A. brasiliensis, and determine if this female behavior has a communicatory function in this species. Forthat purpose, we performed fine-scaled analysis of fifteen copulations under laboratory conditions. Wevideo-recorded all the trials and looked for associations between female and male copulatory behaviors.The significant difference between the time before and after female shaking, in favor of the subsequentejaculation is analyzed. We discuss if shaking could be acting as a signal to accelerate and motivate palpalinsertion and ejaculation, and/or inhibiting male cannibalistic tendencies in this species.