Older males attract more females but get fewer matings in a wild field cricket

Rolando Rodríguez-Muñoz, Paul Hopwood, David Fisher, Ian Skicko, Rachel Tucker, Katherine Woodcock, Jon Slate, Craig Walling, Tom Tregenza* (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

Highlights

•We test the prediction that females use male age to choose their mates.

•We use 10 years of data from a wild population of field crickets.

•At any point in time, older males are only slightly more likely to be longer lived.

•Older males attract more females, but get fewer matings.

•Male age at mating does not influence the number of offspring they have.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalAnimal Behaviour
Volume153
Early online date23 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

Keywords

  • cricket
  • female mate choice
  • good males
  • life span
  • longevity senescence
  • sperm ageing

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    Rodríguez-Muñoz, R., Hopwood, P., Fisher, D., Skicko, I., Tucker, R., Woodcock, K., Slate, J., Walling, C., & Tregenza, T. (2019). Older males attract more females but get fewer matings in a wild field cricket. Animal Behaviour, 153, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2019.04.011