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Agonistic display or courtship behavior? A review of contests over mating opportunity in butterflies

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Ethology, September 2016
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  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#8 of 222)
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  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (88th percentile)

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Title
Agonistic display or courtship behavior? A review of contests over mating opportunity in butterflies
Published in
Journal of Ethology, September 2016
DOI 10.1007/s10164-016-0487-3
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Authors

Tsuyoshi Takeuchi

Abstract

Male butterflies compete over mating opportunities. Two types of contest behavior are reported. Males of various butterfly species compete over a mating territory via aerial interactions until one of the two contestants retreats. Males of other butterfly species fly around larval food plants to find receptive females. Males of some species among the latter type can find a conspecific pupa, and they gather around it without expelling their rivals. Scramble competition over mating occurs when a female emerges from the pupa. Many studies have been performed on territorial species, and their contest resolution has often been understood from the point of view of contest models based on game theory. However, these models cannot explain why these butterflies perform contest displays despite the fact that they do not have the ability to attack their opponent. A recent study based on Lloyd Morgan's Canon showed that territorial contests of male butterflies are better understood as erroneous courtship between sexually active males. In this paper, I review research on contests over mating opportunity in butterflies, and show that the erroneous courtship framework can explain not only territorial contests of butterflies but also why males do not determine the owner of a conspecific pupa.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 1 13%
Unknown 7 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 38%
Student > Bachelor 2 25%
Student > Master 2 25%
Student > Postgraduate 1 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 63%
Environmental Science 2 25%
Unspecified 1 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 39. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 31 December 2017.
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